Last week, the HunAF Gripens were called out for their first alert mission during their Baltic Air Policing rotation this year.
The Hungarian Gripens were scrambled by the Combined Air Operations Centre when it picked up an unknown track transitioning through the Baltic airspace. The Hungarian Gripen pilots then conducted a visual identification of the Russian Federation Air Force An-26, before returning to the base, reports NATO.
"The Hungarian aircrew handled the situation in a safe and professional manner,” said the commander of the Hungarian Air Force detachment at Siauliai, Brigadier General Csaba Ugrik.
Hungary is leading the 50th rotation of NATO's Baltic Air Policing rotation over Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and adjacent international airspace under NATO’s peacetime Baltic Air Policing mission. Hungarian Gripen fighters, along with the Royal Air Force Eurofighters are at the ready 24/7 during this mission.
The four-month long mission started on May 1, 2019.
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