NATO - Air policing for Baltic States (May - August 2018) [fr]
After a four-month mission in the Baltic states - as part of the enhanced Air Policing operation (eAP) -, the four French Mirage 2000-5F and one hundred French servicemen are handing over the mission to the German air force and its four Eurofighter Typhoon.
In the framework of the Air Policing mission, the Mirage 2000-5F of the French fighter group ½ “Cigognes” carried out 23 live take-offs (Alpha Scramble). They were able to identify 29 aircrafts not respecting air trafficking rules. While ensuring the core of the Air Policing mission, the Mirage 2000-5F pilots of the GC ½ “Cigognes” flew more than 604 hours, among which 123 hours were dedicated to trainings with NATO Allies and with some partner nations.
During these training flights, also known as live training alert take-offs (Tango Scramble), the Mirage 2000-5F pilots were able to conduct, among others, joint trainings with their Spanish and Portuguese counterparts who were also deployed in the NATO Air Policing mission and who were based in Šiauliai Air base (Lithuania).
This deployment has also been a good opportunity to take part in different NATO exercises, such as SIIL (May 2nd to 14th), BALTOPS (June 1st to 15th), and Ramstein Alloy 18-2 (June 26/27th). These exercises have allowed the improvement of the detachment’s interoperability with NATO partners. Likewise, the Mirage 2000-5F have also been able to carry out a few joint training flights with the Albatros L-39 of the Estonian air forces, on the occasion of Air Policing simulation flights.