Evaluation Team Confirm Italian and Estonian Baltic Air Policing Capabilities

A multinational NATO evaluation team from Allied Air Command conducted a no-notice Tactical Evaluation (TACEVAL) on the Italian Air Force F-35 detachment based in Ämari Air Base, Estonia on August 25.

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“In future, evaluations such as this will be conducted to ensure that NATO is maintaining the necessary level of preparedness and capability to meet the challenges of a dynamic modern environment,” said Lt Col William O’Brien, Allied Air Command Evaluator who led the TACEVAL inspection at Ämari Air Base.

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…The team’s visit to Estonia signifies a major step forward as it is NATO’s first such evaluation of a 5th generation fighter unit supporting the Alliance’s Air Policing mission.