Spanish and Italian fighter jets conduct NATO flying training

The exercise was part of NATO's ongoing activities and surveillance along Europe's eastern flank.

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Spanish and Italian fighter jets have been conducting combined NATO flying training aimed at gaining and maintaining air superiority in Polish airspace.

A total of four Spanish F/A-18 pilots from the detachment currently leading NATO Baltic Air Policing in Šiauliai, Lithuania, joined up with their counterparts from the Italian Eurofighter detachment conducting air policing from Malbork, Poland, in the skies of northeast of Poland.

Flying in both defensive and offensive formations, the jets conducted drills to protect a high-value asset against simulated attacks within NATO’s Integrated Air and Missile Defence System.

They were supported by a Spanish A400M tanker aircraft during the training session which was held on 28 June.

The scheduled and programmed manoeuvres were prepared at NATO Allied Air Command by NATO’s northern Combined Air Operations Centre at Uedem, Germany.

The goal was to plan, coordinate, prepare and execute a flexible approach to air operations demonstrating NATO’s high-end capabilities.

The exercise was part of NATO’s ongoing activities and surveillance along the eastern flank to better defend Allies populations and territory and to deter potential aggression.

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