Spanish and German Eurofighters in Estonia begin alert missions

MADRID ($1=0.98 Euros) — The Spanish Air and Space Force [SASF] and the German Air Force [Luftwaffe] are ready to jointly carry out alert missions. The news was reported by the SASF, and Spain’s InfoDefensa also confirmed it. The Spanish and German fighters are based at the Amari base in Estonia. The Spanish air force sent there is Ambar.

Spanish and German Eurofighters in Estonia begin alert missions
Photo credit: Luftwaffe

An alert mission means that aircraft assigned to this activity must respond to a threat at any time. I.e. it is a network of aircraft loaded and ready for combat upon arrival at a moment’s notice.

The news is significant as it means that communication alignment has been achieved between the Spanish and German fighters. Upon receiving a moment’s notice, they will be able to act together in mixed crews.

InfoDefensa reports that the mixed crews conducted a series of training exercises. They ended on September 3rd. These exercises included joint day and night flights. Weapon systems interoperability has been achieved. Shared combat aircraft support was trained and achieved.

The last training was the most important and showed the achieved results. It took place on September 4th. German and Spanish Eurofighters then performed a final joint and combined rapid response alert service. Trained and achieved successful emergency take-off (scramble) in less than 15 minutes 24/7 to intercept unidentified aircraft.

Sharing weapons

Essential to the achieved operational conscientiousness between German and Spanish crews was the sharing of weapons and materiel, regardless of aircraft affiliation. In principle, this is completely within the limits of what is permissible, since both countries basically share the same technology and weaponry.

BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that on August 25, Spain sent four Eurofighter fighters to Estonia. The operational control of the Operational Command [MOPS] is responsible for what happens to them in Estonia. As InfoDefensa claims, this is the first Spanish participation in NATO’s joint interoperable missions in the Baltic Sea.

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