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The Amber detachment begins its activation in the Baltic Air Policing mission in Estonia

Ämari, Estonia
July 25, 2023
  • It will have the support of an A400M from the 31st Wing to refuel the Eurofighter in-flight.

Spain intends to start its participation in the NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission in Estonia from August 1 to November 30 by sending eight Eurofighter (C16) from the 11th Wing to the Ämari Air Base, under the operational control of the Operations Command (MOPS in Spanish).

Amber Tactical Air Detachment will be composed of 130 airmen, mainly from the 11th Wing, with the support of military personnel from 12 other units of the Air and Space Forces. An A400M from the 31st Wing will participate in this activation from August 12 to September 15, supported by thirty five troops.

The A400M, which has implied a great leap both qualitatively and quantitatively by reinforcing expeditionary skills of the Spanish Air and Space Forces, will carry out missions of air-to-air refuelling for the multi-role fighters from the 11th Wing of the Morón Air Base (Seville).

The Spanish Armed Forces’ participation in the Baltic Air Policing mission in Estonia takes place on a rotating basis among the NATO member countries in order to guarantee collective defence in the allied airspace. On this occasion, Spain takes over the United Kingdom’s Eurofighters. It is the second time that aircrafts from the 11th Wing deploy in Estonia to maintain security of the Alliance’s airspace, the first being during the first four months of 2015. This participation demonstrates Spain’s capacity for projection, responsibility, solidarity and commitment to the collective defence and shared security with our allies.