With Moscow flexing its muscles in the East, NATO has beefed up its air policing force in the Baltics. As detailed by The DEW Line, taking over from an increased detachment of 10 US Air Force F-15Cs from Lakenheath in the UK (pictured), which have been doing the job since 3 January, are Polish MiG-29s and four UK Royal Air Force Typhoon FGR4s at Šiauliai air base in Lithuania, as well as four Danish F-16s at Ämari air base in Estonia. Four French Rafales at Poland’s air base in Malbork and six Canadian CF-18s now in Romania can also be called forward. On alert, too, are the Israelis, who have seen small, unarmed UAVs enter their airspace from Lebanon. Expecting more dangerous visits, reports the Ariel View, the Israeli air force has started training aircrew in how to intercept these threats.
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