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F-35 fighters of the Italian Air Force officially took over the protection of the airspace of the Baltic States

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The airspace over the Baltics will be guarded by Italian F-35 fighters for the next four months. The ceremony took place on Monday at the Estonian airbase Emari.


Four F-35 fighters from the 13th group of the 32nd regiment of the Italian Air Force on Monday, May 3, officially took over the protection of the Baltic airspace. The duty will last four months, after which they will be replaced by a group from another NATO country, it is not yet known from which one. The Italians themselves replaced the Germans who were in Estonia since August 2020 on Eurofighter fighters.

The ceremony was attended by the Estonian Defense Minister Kalle Laanet, who did not fail to remind that the Italian pilots will defend the skies of Estonia and other Baltic countries from "Russian aggression", which is constantly "growing". He did not forget to tell how the huge masses of Russian troops, which were concentrated on the Ukrainian border and prepared for an attack. He recalled that everyone needs to collectively prepare to repel a "possible attack" that is being prepared by an insidious Russia.

Four Italian F-35A aircraft, accompanied by a Boeing KC-767A tanker aircraft of the Italian Air Force, arrived in Amari on April 30 from the Italian base Amendola. It is noted that this is the first rather long deployment of the F-35 near the Russian borders, earlier in 2017, two F-35 fighters of the US Air Force visited Amari on a short-term visit, but after a demonstration of "solidarity with Estonia" they quickly retreated.
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  1. The leader of the Redskins
    The leader of the Redskins 4 May 2021 07: 02
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    As many as four ?!
    And ruled by the glorious descendants of the Roman Empire ?!
    Everything. Now I am calm for the Balts ...
    1. Vladimir_2U
      Vladimir_2U 4 May 2021 08: 01
      +4
      Quote: Leader of the Redskins
      As many as four ?!

      As we recall, the Italian tanks had two speeds forward and four speeds back, so everything is fine! laughing
      1. Dmitry V.
        Dmitry V. 4 May 2021 09: 18
        +2

        They also had a funny military transport, with a very low speed and large wheels.
    2. RealPilot
      RealPilot 4 May 2021 22: 13
      +1
      Well and good!
      We will "feel" them in the radio range, we will look at them in the IR ... VKS of Russia, after all, will not waste time either.

      Now, I feel, the adherents of "Luneberg lenses" will tell you that everything is bad ... That we will never learn the "secret of Damascus steel", since the EPR indicators are deliberately distorted.
      Well, okay. Much worse is a mythical rival who has never appeared in plain sight. And then the pilots will meet face to face bully
  2. Kaman
    Kaman 4 May 2021 07: 02
    +4
    Lucky for the Italian staff. There are very beautiful women in Estonia, so everyone will be happy with the rotation.
    1. Cheshire
      Cheshire 4 May 2021 12: 24
      +6
      Lucky for Estonian women. Italians are not so nerdy can see the beauty of womenrather than waving rainbow flags like Estonians.
  3. URAL72
    URAL72 4 May 2021 07: 03
    +2
    I think all the necessary intelligence is already in place and working. Including RTR, electronic warfare, etc. It remains to give the pasta wine with LSD, maybe the airfield will be confused and sit with us ...
  4. LiSiCyn
    LiSiCyn 4 May 2021 07: 21
    +2
    And, so they will sit in Emari. To be afraid in Siauliai? what Too close to KOR's S-400s. laughing
  5. Sined
    Sined 4 May 2021 07: 42
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    I understand that NATO and that Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, in principle, like other NATO members, are trying to survive as much as possible from the union. But isn't it time for them to patrol their airspace themselves? I think they have enough money to chip in and purchase at least two squadrons of Vipers or Gripen
    1. Egoza
      Egoza 4 May 2021 07: 52
      +1
      Quote: Sined
      I think they have enough money to chip in and purchase at least two squadrons of Vipers or Gripen

      "No money, but you hold on." I am directly touched by their conceit! They are confident that Russia will attack them! They are so significant that Russia needs it very, very much. Russia can only demand back the money that was sold to her for these lands together with the people. With interest. Maybe that's why they are so confident and so afraid that Russia will attack?
      1. Sined
        Sined 4 May 2021 08: 07
        +1
        I think that there is no conceit, there are those who want to expand their military presence and politicians with populist statements that help them expand this military presence. It's just a pity that because of such political games, the relations of peoples can deteriorate.
  6. Cowbra
    Cowbra 4 May 2021 07: 55
    -1
    There was no need to save them from a pandemic
  7. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 4 May 2021 08: 00
    +3
    Airspace over the Baltics will be safeguard Italian F-35 fighters
    "Guard", you get paid for it. But from whom? It is good to "guard" when you know that no one is going to encroach on the protected object. The rotation is carried out so that as many pilots as possible adapt to a given theater of operations.
  8. tihonmarine
    tihonmarine 4 May 2021 08: 32
    +1
    The ceremony was attended by the Estonian Defense Minister Kalle Laanet, who did not fail to remind that the Italian pilots will defend the skies of Estonia and other Baltic countries from "Russian aggression"
    The Italians agree to fly in the skies of Estonia, but the pilots of Italy did not sign up to fight for Estonia. Yes, they still remember what happened to their grandfathers on the Don.
  9. tralflot1832
    tralflot1832 4 May 2021 08: 33
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    Dear Italians, when landing on the F 35 at the Ostrov airfield, you will receive free vaccinations, pizza, pasta and a particularly preoccupied Chiquita bombimbina from Leningrad, why do you need Europe with emigrants!
  10. Aleks tv
    Aleks tv 4 May 2021 08: 46
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    On August 30, 2011, during an exercise, the Lithuanian Air Force L-39ZA aircraft, taking off from the Zokniai airbase, collided with the French "Mirage" from the NATO group, which was protecting the "Baltic tigers" on a rotational basis.

    In the place of the Italians, I would have been more careful, Lithuania has one more L-39ZA left ...

    And then Estonia also increases the risk of flight accidents, they have the same two L-39s on lease from Skyline Aviation and they are ... on Emari.
    And the F-35 is still not cheap ...

    Whoever joked, only facts and danger - the Baltic Air Force can conduct exercises ...
  11. Dmitry V.
    Dmitry V. 4 May 2021 09: 14
    +2
    How humiliating it must be when the pasta is being defended?
    That is, it is normal to depend on Europe, than to depend on the USSR?
    How frightening it is for a small but "very proud" people to live ...
    1. voyaka uh
      voyaka uh 4 May 2021 10: 27
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      "okay, how to depend on the USSR?" ///
      ----
      "To depend on Europe" and "to be part of the USSR" are
      big difference.
      A separate apartment is always better than a communal one.
      Even if the communal neighbor is a mighty weightlifter-defender.
      1. Dmitry V.
        Dmitry V. 4 May 2021 10: 55
        +3
        Quote: voyaka uh
        A separate apartment is always better than a communal one.
        Even if the communal neighbor is a mighty weightlifter-defender.


        It is better? Who is better?
        A battalion, always better than a platoon, an army, better than a corps ...
        Who is better?
        - Those who pursue their petty wishlist in power to do their own thing.
        Was it better for the dockers in Klaipeda and Riga that they lost their jobs when export flows from the Baltic ports left? The workers of the RAF plant are probably happy? Dzintars hard workers?

        No - those who have seized power in the republics and created the "national backyards of Europe" are glad.
        And the majority was forced to lose the Russian markets, moved to earn money in Europe.
        The Lithuanian sociological company Sprinter Tyrimai has conducted a research commissioned by the Intellectus English language school on why Lithuanians learn English. It turned out that every sixth Lithuanian learns English, because he plans to go to work abroad. Every fourth respondent said that they would send their children to private English language courses so that they could freely emigrate from Lithuania - to live and work abroad.


        Eventually?
        19% of fourth-graders want to leave Lithuania. The picture of the survey of eighth-graders is even worse - 43% want to leave. I don’t know what is happening in schools, families, what they are talking about, ”says Gintaras Sarafinas, editor-in-chief of Reitingai. - [...] The only subject that they diligently study is English (and they are emphatically indifferent to Lithuanian "


        According to a study by the sociological service Baltijos Tyrimai, nine out of ten young Lithuanians between the ages of 15 and 19 plan to emigrate from Lithuania. “A frightening figure has been established: 90,4% of respondents aged 15-19 stated that if suitable opportunities open up, they will leave Lithuania,” said Gintaras Homentauskas, director of Baltijos Tyrimai.

        The trend however.
        1. voyaka uh
          voyaka uh 4 May 2021 11: 05
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          Nothing. Finland (the poor "Chukhonts") did an excellent job, and they will cope.
          The Czech Republic and Poland are doing well, they have developed their economies. Now to
          they go to work from poorer countries in Europe.
          If the Russians had a free visa to Europe, there would be no young people left in Russia.
          From Israel, when the country was poor, there was also a massive emigration.
          Now, when salaries in Israel have exceeded European ones, the departure has stopped.
          1. stalkerwalker
            stalkerwalker 4 May 2021 11: 18
            +3
            Quote: voyaka uh
            economy. Now to
            they go to work from poorer countries in Europe.
            If Russians had a free visa to Europe, there would be no youth left in Russia

            "Announce, please, the entire list of vacancies. And working and living conditions?"
            And then how to listen, so "Overseas a heifer - a half. Yes, a ruble - transportation."
            1. voyaka uh
              voyaka uh 4 May 2021 11: 31
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              Guest workers tend to have difficult working conditions and poor
              accommodations. It's not a secret.
              Russians themselves know how numerous guest workers from Central Asia live in Russia.
              But they go to earn much more than in their homeland.
              They go to those countries (or specifically - cities) where the general level is higher
              life and lack of workers or specific professions.
              Previously, the Chinese came to Russia to work. Now the Russians are coming
              earn extra money in China.
              1. OgnennyiKotik
                OgnennyiKotik 4 May 2021 11: 43
                +4
                In fact, in different ways.
                I would divide into 3 groups of emigrants from Russia
                1. Young people - go to study (in the Czech Republic, the school is free, the language is similar) or right after school. They are more likely to look for themselves, travel, develop. Among them, the return is high.
                2. Labor - they are more likely to flee from Russia, from lack of money and conflicts. The backbone of the working class. What you describe.
                3. Qualified employees - they are invited and lured out. Scientists, doctors, engineers, programmers, etc. Their standard of living is the same as that of the locals or exceeds it. Personally, among my acquaintances, these are the majority.
              2. stalkerwalker
                stalkerwalker 4 May 2021 11: 51
                +3
                Lesha ...
                Honestly, I was always surprised by such interesting information when Israeli citizens tell Russians about the difficult and hopeless life in Russia ... lol
                I do not comment on the passage with the Chinese. But I will say one thing - "To understand and appreciate the delights of life and work outside your country, you need to go there, abroad, go, live there, and work ..."
                Typically, these are three categories:
                1. Qualified specialists. These don't come at random.
                2. Adventurers. They go according to the principle "Maybe you will get lucky and get settled."
                3. Tumbleweed. So don't care where to knock off the money.
                Summary.
                Tales of how to live and work well outside the country are for the simpletons and the naive. The events in Ukraine after the Maidan forced millions of migrant workers to go in search of a Truly Better Life both in Europe and in Russia.
                But Europe is not rubber. "There thieves grabbed all the seats ..." as V. Vysotsky sang. And in the competition for jobs with "refugees from the Middle East", the priority goes to the latter ...
                "Leave your dreams, everyone who enters here ..."
                1. Adimius38
                  Adimius38 4 May 2021 14: 01
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                  There are only a few qualified specialists, and millions of workers. You want to say that those who plow for Russia, receive a salary in white, regularly pay taxes to the treasury, adventurers ??? It is precisely such people who receive a pittance and their labor, the work that is important for the country is not appreciated as it should. If, for example, tomorrow the driver of a garbage truck will not pick up garbage near your house, then you will scream when a garbage dump forms near your house. The work of a working man should be well appreciated, but this is not.
                  1. stalkerwalker
                    stalkerwalker 4 May 2021 14: 13
                    -2
                    Quote: Adimius38
                    There are only a few qualified specialists, millions of workers

                    Which one will you be from?
                    Quote: Adimius38
                    The work of a working man should be well appreciated, but this is not.

                    What is "well appreciated"? What are the criteria?
                    A qualified specialist is the result of persistent education and work, efforts to become this specialist. The ability to dig a hole (and not dig - the same) is not in demand in the labor market. Not in any country.
          2. Dmitry V.
            Dmitry V. 4 May 2021 11: 36
            +5
            Quote: voyaka uh
            If the Russians had a free visa to Europe, there would be no young people left in Russia.
            From Israel, when the country was poor, there was also a massive emigration.


            I do not agree - the neighbor is an Italian from Bologna, has been living in Russia for 8 years.
            When I started praising Italy, he said that I don't understand anything and look at Europe with the eyes of a tourist :)
            For him, Russia is a country with more freedom and opportunities than Italy.
            Moreover, he argued with such southern fervor that I did not see any problems, that we had been arguing on this topic for three hours :)
            He said that if we read Italian newspapers, we would see how ineffective the authorities are and how budgets are wasted, that there are problems with the quality of food (! In Italy), that prices are constantly growing, and the economy is not growing (true - poor cars hard workers park at Italian factories), that young people are out of work and petty crime is growing from this, and emigrants are tired of everyone.
            To my question what he likes in Russia - he replied that there is not so much freedom in Europe - you are everywhere imposed with fines and restrictions, and in Russia this is much easier and freer. Big opportunities to earn money and the demand for workers is only growing
            1. voyaka uh
              voyaka uh 4 May 2021 11: 40
              -1
              Have you been to Italy yourself? wink
              Italy has a rich industrial north (like Austria) and a poor south.
              Ask in which city your neighbor lived.
              1. Dmitry V.
                Dmitry V. 4 May 2021 11: 52
                +5
                Quote: voyaka uh
                Have you been to Italy yourself?
                Italy has a rich industrial north (like Austria) and a poor south.
                Ask in which city your neighbor lived.


                I wrote - he is from Bologna.
                I have been to Italy (by the way, I have been to Bologna four times, several times to Rimini, Pisaro, Venice, San Marino and dozens of smaller towns) for work (I have traveled to several dozen factories working on technical kaizen or related processes, machine tools, mechatronics, stone-cutting production, design studio, etc.) and went on vacation and wound a couple of thousand km there by car, completely out of touch with route planning - just wherever they looked. I was drinking with the Italians - a wonderful people, very close in spirit to us.


                Quote: voyaka uh
                rich industrial north (like Austria) and poor south

                There are many manufactures there, and they are quite technologically advanced - Italian machines are very highly valued for their accuracy and reasonable price.
                I was at the machine-tool production of Pisaro - at the annual exhibition
                1. voyaka uh
                  voyaka uh 4 May 2021 12: 39
                  +2
                  I also love Italy. drinks
                  I went as a tourist several times.
          3. Adimius38
            Adimius38 4 May 2021 13: 54
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            Yes, 100% with a free visa to Europe, able-bodied young people would already be in queues to go there.
  12. datur
    datur 4 May 2021 10: 11
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    4- all I suggest to surrender !!!
  13. xorek
    xorek 4 May 2021 18: 40
    +1
    Oh, the Italians, you shouldn't have stuck in there! How not to regret it later ..
  14. bang
    bang 4 May 2021 22: 10
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    A holiday of life for the air defense of the Russian Federation, though if the planes do not stay in the hangar for four months)