RAF Typhoons Estonia CROWN COPYRIGHT

RAF Typhoon fighter jets have returned to Estonia to fly a series of sorties in the east of the country.

The aircraft have been working out of Ämari Air Base in sub-zero temperatures, conducting air land integration training exercises with deployed ground controllers, the Joint Terminal Air Controllers (JTACs).

It was part of the RAF's support to the British Army-led NATO battlegroup in Estonia.

RAF Typhoons Estonia CROWN COPYRIGHT

The first sorties were flown at night, and were followed up the next day by simulated air airstrikes and 'show of force' low passes in between heavy snowfall.

One Typhoon pilot, Ed, said:

"The training sorties provided an excellent opportunity to work with the deployed JTACS in very challenging and unfamiliar surroundings."

The UK-led battlegroup in Estonia makes up part of a wider NATO Enhanced Forward Presence across the Baltic countries and Poland.

Estonia exercise CROWN COPYRIGHT
Heavy snowfall provided a different type of challenge during the exercise.

In October, 800 British soldiers from 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh arrived in Estonia to begin their stint leading the multinational battlegroup.

They took over from 5th Battalion The Rifles, who had been in the country since March.

All images Crown Copyright.

Topics: