A new Air Operations Command Center was opened in Tallinn on Friday. The new installation, along with two similar centers in Latvia and Lithuania, will provide Baltic airspace integrity 24 hours a day, starting from 1st January.
The original functions of the Multinational Control and Reporting Center, previously located in Karmelava (Lithuania), were taken over by the National Control Centers of the three Baltic States at the beginning of this year.
According to the Estonian Ministry of Defense (MoD) the new concept ensures continuous monitoring and control of Baltic States’ airspace. Furthermore, all three Command and Reporting Centers will provide airborne surveillance of their respective territories around the clock, exchanging required data, as appropriate.
According to Minister of Defense, Jüri Luig, opening of a the new state-of-the-art air operations center will further develop region's defense capabilities in many ways. “(…) all three Baltic states have the opportunity to control their own and regional airspace. It is important to emphasize that the new center will help us integrate NATO's missile and air defense systems (…)’, said minister Luik.
‘Today I can say for sure that we are experts in the field of air surveillance. Our people have designed an Estonian air monitoring and control system (…). We see what is happening in the Estonian airspace and near our borders. (…) We are integrated into NATO's anti-aircraft system’, said Air Force Commander Colonel, Rauno Srik