After two months, the Royal Netherlands Air Drive (RNLAF) ended the deployment of their trendy F-35 fighter plane in help of NATO’s enhanced Air Policing in Bulgaria. From April to Might 2022, two F-35 fighter jets and approx. 120 help employees from RNLAF took half in a collective defence mission and safeguarded the integrity of the NATO Alliance member’s airspace over Bulgaria. For the reason that begin of the mission, the RNLAF carried out this activity in cooperation with Bulgarian MiG-29 fighter plane out of Graf Ignatievo Air Base.

“We’re very grateful to the Bulgarian Ministry of Defence and particularly to the workforce at Graf Ignatievo Air Base for the cooperation and for being wonderful hosts throughout this primary deployment of our F-35s. Due to this cooperation we have been in a position to execute all our missions in a protected and efficient approach. Along with the Bulgarian MiG-29 Fulcrum jets, we flew Air Policing missions defending the japanese flank of NATO safeguarding Allied sovereignty,” mentioned Main Vincken, RNLAF Detachment Commander.


A Netherlands F-35 and a Bulgarian MiG-29 throughout a mixed mission out of Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, the place the Netherlands fighter detachment accomplished their two-month deployment underneath NATO aegis.(Picture by Royal Netherlands Air Drive.)

On April 6, 2022, 4 Royal Netherlands Air Drive F-35- fighter jets landed at Graf Ignatievo Air Base close to Plovdiv, Bulgaria, to safeguard the skies with the Bulgarian Air Drive in April and Might. Based mostly on a Netherlands’ provide to NATO, the fighter help NATO’s collective response to Russia’s unlawful invasion of Ukraine. For the primary time, Netherlands F-35 fighters are deployed to Bulgaria underneath the improved Air Policing mission integrating with the Alliance’s enhanced Vigilance Actions within the airspace of its japanese Allies.

The NATO Air Policing mission rests underneath the oversight and steerage of NATO’s Allied Air Command in Ramstein, Germany. Within the south, the Mixed Air Operations Centre at Torrejón ensures management of the enduring 24/7 mission. NATO stays steadfast in undertaking this peacetime activity which is to make sure and safeguard the airspace inside the nations of the Alliance. It’s a collective activity and includes the continual presence – 24 hours a day, 12 months a yr – of fighter plane and crews, that are able to react shortly to doable airspace violations.

Royal Netherlands Air Force F-35 Fighters Complete NATO Air Policing Mission in Bulgaria
Royal Netherlands Air Drive Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fighter aircrafts throughout their deployment flight to Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria. (Picture by Royal Netherlands Air Drive.)