Four Sukhoi Su-22 fighter-bombers of the Polish Air Force taking part in the annual large-scale Spring Storm defense exercise arrived at Ämari Air Base in Northwestern Estonia on Wednesday afternoon.
Chief of Staff of the Estonian Air Force Lt. Col. Toomas Susi said that the main task of the aircraft is to support the activity of the army units taking part in Spring Storm. "In the course of the exercise, the aviation unit and army units will be integrated into one big-firepower mobile joint unit," spokespeople from the Headquarters of the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) quoted Susi as saying.
It will be possible to see the Polish aircraft practice low-altitude flights around Tapa during the training exercise, where the aircraft will practice attacking anti-aircraft missile units.
In addition to the Polish fighters, aircraft participating in Spring Storm include U.S. AH-64 Apache attack helicopters and UH-60 Black Hawk utility helicopters, which arrived at the Ämari Air Base on Tuesday. Participants in the airborne activity also include Estonian Air Force L-39 jet trainer aircraft and R44 helicopters as well as Spanish F-18 Hornet multirole combat jets based at Ämari. If possible, participants will also include the Polish F-16 multirole fighter aircraft based at Šiauliai Air Base in Lithuania.
Editor: Aili Vahtla