Twelve fighter jets F-15C from the 493rd Fighter Squadron of the U.S. Air Force landed at the Estonian Amari air base on Friday for joint air drills slated to begin on Monday.
In addition, four F-15C fighters of the 194th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron that arrived on Thursday from the Romanian air base of Campia Turzii, British Eurofighter typhoons currently stationed at Amari as part of NATO's Baltic air policing mission, training jets L-30 of Estonian Air Force, and personnel of the Amari air operations control center will participate in the training event taking place on workdays through Sept. 2, military spokespeople in Tallinn said.
«The soon-to-begin joint air training is a sign that the United States takes seriously its pledge to contribute to the security of our region,» chief of staff of Estonian Air Force Lt. Col. Toomas Susi said. The drills will help to enhance the cooperation of different countries' air forces, he said.
F-15C is a tactical fighter aircraft designed to gain supremacy in aerial combat. It is known for its good acceleration capabilities, avionics and maneuverability.