On April 20-21 NATO allies and partners are conducting Exercise Ramstein Alloy 20-1 in the Baltic airspace. This year held in Lithuania, the annual scheduled training event hones command and control of NATO allies' and partners' (which are Sweden and Finland this year) airspace surveillance and control, air policing, search and rescue, and other air capabilities in the Baltic region.
The exercise involves aircraft of Lithuania, Belgium, Poland, Germany, Sweden, and Finland, and NATO's E-3A AWACS in airspace control role. The training scenario covers search and rescue, practice diversion, and air-to-air refuelling.
Held since 2016, Exercise Ramstein Alloy take place three times a year in one of the Baltic countries.
This NATO exercise contributes to a better interoperability and integration of air forces of Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and other NATO countries in the region in line with NATO standards in force. The exercise also demonstrates NATO solidarity with its partners and the Baltic states.
Information and photo credits: Lithuanian Air Force