U.K.Typhoons patrol skies over Romania

  • Roksolana Dryndak
  • 3.5.2017 08:47

Four Typhoon fighters from the British Royal Air Force arrived in Romania on 24 April as a part of NATO’s enhanced Air Policing mission. The patrols will be based at the Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Force Base in the south-east of the country. This mission was organised to ensure the security of the region and demonstrate the unity within NATO. 

The squadron will be a part of the Air Police mission for four months and will cooperate with the Romanian Air Force Group using the MiG-21 LanceR jets. The operation is in line with the decision of the 2016 NATO Warsaw summit, according to which NATO is increasing its presence in the Black Sea region. Bucharest has increased its military spending from 1.4 % GDP in the past year to 2 % GDP as a response to an increasing Russian presence in the region, especially the Russian fleet in the Black Sea. Security concerns have increased after Russian annexation of Crimea in 2014, since then a NATO missile defence system has been installed at the Devesel military base and Romania is planning to buy several Patriot anti-missile systems this year.

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