Watch Portuguese and Romanian fighter jets from NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission fly over Lithuania in this stunning footage.
Portuguese and Romanian Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons are helping shield the skies over Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania as part of NATO’s Baltic Air Policing (BAP) mission.
Baltic Air Policing was established to secure the skies over the Baltic countries, which don’t have fighters capable of intercepting unknown air contacts. To cover their Allies, several NATO countries send jets to air bases in Lithuania and Estonia, where they are on standby for any contingency.
Air policing is a peacetime activity that takes place 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. When NATO Combined Air Operations Centres (CAOCs) detect air traffic that isn’t responding to hails, they can scramble jets to intercept and visually identify the aircraft.
Footage includes air-to-air shots of Portuguese and Romanian jets.
---SHOTLIST— (00:00) VARIOUS SHOTS – ROMANIAN AIR FORCE F-16 FLIES OVER LITHUANIA (00:10) VARIOUS SHOTS – TWO ROMANIAN F-16s FLY ABOVE LITHUANIA (00:24) WIDE SHOT – ROMANIAN AIR FORCE F-16 FLIES OVER LITHUANIA (00:29) VARIOUS SHOTS – TWO ROMANIAN AND TWO PORTUGUESE F-16s FLY IN FORMATION ABOVE LITHUANIA (00:38) WIDE SHOT - ROMANIAN AIR FORCE F-16 FLIES OVER LITHUANIA (00:43) VARIOUS SHOTS – PORTUGUESE AIR FORCE F-16 FLIES OVER LITHUANIA (01:08) WIDE SHOT – TWO ROMANIAN AIR FORCE F-16s FLY OVER LITHUANIA AND BREAK RIGHT (01:16) CLOSE-UP SHOT – ROMANIAN AIR FORCE F-16 PILOT SHOWS HIS PATCH TO THE CAMERA (01:21) WIDE SHOT - ROMANIAN AIR FORCE F-16 FLIES OVER LITHUANIA (01:26) WIDE SHOT – TWO ROMANIAN AIR FORCE F-16s FLY ABOVE THE BALTIC SEA
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