The goal of the exercise is to enhance relationships and interoperability among NATO and Partner air forces in interception procedures.

NATO exercise Ramstein Alloy
Swedish Air Force JAS-39 Gripen flies alongside two Polish Air Force F-16 aircraft during exercise Ramstein Alloy 18-1.

The exercise Ramstein Alloy 18-1 over Latvia was conducted on April 17 and 18, 2018, offering Allied and Partner air and ground crews and a NATO AWACS plane ample opportunities to practise and train standard procedures of identifying and assisting aircraft in distress.

On both days fighter aircraft from Denmark, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Poland and Partners Finland and Sweden flew several air-to-air training patterns gathering further experience and skills.

Danish and Norwegian F-16 jets and Italian Eurofighter aircraft practised so-called Dissimilar Aircraft Combat Training with Finnish F-18 and Swedish JAS-39.

Polish F-16 and Italian Eurofighter jets flew Close Air Support mission for Joint Terminal Attack Controllers at Adazi Range in Latvia.

A United States Air Force KC-135 refuelled Allied and Partner jets and, on the ground, the Latvian armed forces practised emergency Search and Rescue procedures.

Training activities were supervised by the Combined Air Operations Centre at Uedem and tactically controlled by the Control and Reporting Centre at Karmelava, Lithuania, the Control and Reporting Point at Amari, Estonia as well as a NATO AWACS plane and an Italian Conformal Airborne Early Warning plane.

Source, Images: NATO Allied Air Command PAO

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