On May 31 through June 9 NATO regional integrated air and missile defence exercise Ramstein Legacy took place concurrently in land and airspace territories of the Baltic states and Poland. The exercise was linked to other NATO exercises, Ramstein Alloy and Ramstein Guard to build up NATO air defence force cooperation, interoperability and integration in the overall NATO air defence command and control.
The exercise was joined by the current Baltic Air Policing Mission capabilities – the Czech and Spanish air force detachments, the Belgian and French detachments deployed in Estonia, the British air-refueling, electronic warfare and Eurofighter Typhoon fighter aircraft, and AWACS aircraft of Türkiye’s Air Force.
The American allies cooperated with the Air Defence Battalion to practice air axis defence, while Lithuania’s mid and short-range systems NASAMS, RBS70 and the U.S. Avenger short-range mobile air defence missile systems were ensuring force protection. The training troops were visited by the U.S. 5th Battalion, 4th Air Defense Artillery Regiment Commander Lieutenant Colonel Abraham Osborn and Command Sergeant Major Charles L. Robinson.
Allied aircraft will be likely heard and seen in Šiauliai region over the course of the exercise. Among the assets used for the exercise, there will be the Lithuanian C27J Spartan cargo aircraft, AS365N3+ Dauphin and Mi-8T helicopters, Scan-Eagle drones,
Capt Dániel Mátó of the Hungarian Air Force who trained as air defence control officer said “the international exercise was perfect for developing new skills and know-how while practicing with weaponry systems and personnel from different countries.” He said he was glad that members of the Lithuanian Ari Force accepted him warmly during the exercise and everybody shared their substantial experience over the training time.
As the exercise was wrapped at the Lithuanian Air Force Base, Commander NATO Force Integration Unit Lithuania Col Peter Nielsen congratulate the training audience on the successful completion of the exercise and emphasized how important and valuable their presence was for the local residents because it made clear not only the capable combat strength of NATO and its readiness for any threat that might arise but also that it cared, about any NATO ally, no matter how small-sized, thus showing the seriousness of the NATO commitment.
“Every opportunity to test in practice the functionalizing and interoperability of the capabilities we have with Allies is critical. Today it is more relevant than ever that we demonstrate regional security and effectiveness of our deterrence. I have no doubts we will display our best during this training. Good luck to all,” said Commander of the Lithuanian Air Force Col Dainius Guzas at the exercise opening ceremony.
Info and photo credits: Lithuanian Air Force.