German fighter jets start patrolling Baltic skies with full ammo

From the Soviet propaganda outlet, Russia Today:

A Eurofighter Typhoon © Carl Court / AFP


German fighter jets are flying the Baltic skies fully armed “for the first time since the beginning of the Ukrainian crisis,” the DPA news agency reports citing the German Air Force’s Inspector General Karl Müllner. He explained the move was not about “escalation,” but it is needed to ensure parity when encountering a potential enemy. The German military official did not elaborate on which Air Force might become the enemy.

Müllner added that ammunition on board Eurofighters is also necessary to “motivate pilots” on missions in the Baltic skies.

In September-December 2014, German fighters patrolled Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian airspace with empty magazines. Müllner said that was a political decision aimed at de-escalating tensions.

None of the three Baltic States, which are NATO members, have operable fighter jets of their own. In April 2004, soon after these countries joined the alliance, NATO decided to introduce air patrols of the Baltic nations bordering Russia with fighter jets of other alliance members.

Since September 1, four German Eurofighter Typhoon jets and four Hungarian Air Force JAS 39C Gripen fighter jets have been protecting Baltic skies. Hungarian jets are based in Lithuania’s Siauliai, whereas the Luftwaffe’s Typhoons use Estonia’s Ämari airbase.

Full article: German fighter jets start patrolling Baltic skies with full ammo (Russia Today)

One response to “German fighter jets start patrolling Baltic skies with full ammo

  1. So the scene is now set.
    One error of navigation and an armed NATO aircraft will be over Russian territory.

    Funny I thought it would all be started by a ground pounder but it looks like it’s going to be a fly boy that triggers WW3.