NATO air patrols over Bulgaria and Romania

Across Europe, NATO fighter jets are on duty around the clock….NATO calls this activity Air Policing, which has been an integral part of NATO Integrated Air and Missile Defence for 60 years.


To enhance Air Policing along NATO’s eastern borders, NATO Allies provide assets that supplement existing NATO Air Policing capabilities in the north (the Baltic States and Poland) and, in parallel, augment national air policing capabilities in the south (Bulgaria and Romania). In response to Russia’s aggressive actions in the Black Sea region – including Russia’s illegal and illegitimate annexation of the Crimean peninsula – other NATO Allies have sent detachments of fighter jets to augment the Bulgarian and Romanian Air Forces.