FOREIGN AIR FORCES
Foreign Forces - Military Air Arms
Germany NATO Baltic Air Policing 100 personnel.
Multi role Fighter: 6 MDD F-4E Phantom II
NATO strategic air transport joint program
Large military strategic transport: 3 Boeing C-17ER Globemaster III
NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance joint program
Unmanned aerial vehicle: 14 Northrop Grumman RQ-4B Global Hawk UAV
Note: NATO members without their own Air Policing assets are assisted by other NATO members. Luxembourg is covered by interceptors from Belgium.
Since March 2004, when the Baltic States joined NATO, the 24/7 task to police the airspace of the Baltic States was conducted on three-month rotation from Lithuania's First Air Base in Zokniai/Šiauliai International Airport, near the northern city of Šiauliai. Starting with the Turkish deployment, rotations changed to a four month basis. Usual deployments consist of four fighter aircraft with between 50 and 100 support personnel. To ensure Air Policing performance is conducted in a safe and professional way, adequate training was and still is required, as NATO member nations deploy their assets to Šiauliai Air Base, Lithuania, on a rotational basis. To standardize training across nations, Headquarters Allied Air Command Ramstein introduced a series of training events called Baltic Region Training Events (BRTEs) to capitalize on experienced aircrews deployed to Šiauliai and to offer superior training for Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian air forces and control facilities. (en.wikipedia.org)