Britain first sent fighter aircraft to Iceland


An undisclosed number of Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 aircraft from the Royal Air Force Fighter Squadron (RAF) and 100 military personnel have been deployed from the Royal Air Force Lossiemouth Base in Scotland to Keflavik Air Force Base, Jane reports.

According to the Ministry of Defense in UK, the aircraft will spend the next month protecting the airspace of Iceland, this being the contribution Great Britain at the Icelandic Mission of Air Police of NATO. Planes are scheduled to land in Scotland in mid-December.

conducting RAF in the Iceland was announced in June 2018 by the then Secretary of Defense, Gavin Williamson, when he said that four Typhoon aircraft they will be sent to the island. The announcement came ten years after the last scheduled deployment was canceled after the banking system in Iceland investors crashed again UK they have lost billions of pounds. In 2016, Treasury of the United Kingdom has announced that it has received the final payment of the compensation from Icelandthus restoring the relationship between the two countries.

For the peace training mission from Iceland, members of the alliance NATO rotate three to four weeks every four months throughout the year. Generally, countries contribute four aircraft per deployment, but this number is flexible. Previous missions were led by Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Portugal and United States, while Finland and Sweden joined these spins in Iceland for training purposes only.

Missions from Keflavik Air Base usually involves a week of familiar flights over Iceland under control Iceland Coast Guard Control and Reporting Center Loki from Keflavik, before being certified by Center for Combined Air Operations within NATO (CAOC) of the Uedem, Germany, to perform air police missions in the territorial area of Iceland.

See also: Italy has sent F-35 aircraft to Iceland for Air Police

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