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Polish F-16s in Estonia

A detachment of four Polish F-16 multirole fighter aircraft will be sent to Ämari airbase in Estonia, starting early 2020, where it will station for the next couple of months as part of NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission. Apart from the fighter jets, the Polish military contingent will be composed of 150 military personnel, including pilots and maintenance and logistic team. Polish soldiers will station at Ämari until 15th May 2020.

A detachment of Polish F-16 multirole fighter aircraft will be sent to Estonia as part of the Baltic Air Policing mission / Picture: Michal Adamowski

The Polish military contingent at Ämari will be subordinate to the Supreme Allied Commander Europe during its tour of duty. It will be responsible for protecting the airspace of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania from incursions of 3rd party state aircraft, as well as other forms of military threats.

It is expected that during their BAP mission Polish F-16 fighter aircraft will be armed with AIM-9 Sidewinder short range air-to-air and AIM-120 advanced medium range air-to-air missiles.

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