Have A Look At These Unique Photos Showing Baltic Air Policing Jets (Flying With Live Missiles)

Jan 14 2015 - 11 Comments
By Jacek Siminski

Aircraft providing Baltic Air Policing as seen from a privileged point of observation.

The images in this post were taken by Bartosz Bera/RBS Photos from a C-27J Spartan plane during an air-to-air photo shooting with a Portuguese Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon and a Royal Canadian Air Force CF-188 Hornet providing Baltic Air Policing duties from Siauliai airbase in Lithuania.

Baltic Air Polcing is a NATO-driven operation, whose aim is to provide air-assets for the Baltic States, which are unable of ensuring security within their airspaces, due to the lack of relevant fighter force.

As it may be clearly observed, due to the spike in Russian activities in the region the BAP is currently four times as strong as it was before the Ukrainian crisis.


The images were taken last year, before both the PAF and the RCAF detachment were rotated and they are particularly interesting: even though that one does not represent the standard combat configuration (which is kept confidential) the fighters were carrying live missiles on their pylons during the photo session.


BAP jets have been quite busy lately as a consequence of a surge in Russian Air Force missions in Europe’s northern and mid-eastern region. Still, no airspace intrusions within the Polish, Lithuanian or Latvian territories have been noted.


Nonetheless, in his report for Interia.pl, Bartosz Bera explained that in case of Estonia the situation has been different: although quite short (just some seconds) intrusions by Il-20 spyplanes have been recorded nearby the Vaindloo, Osmussaare, Hiiumaa and Saaremaa islands.



Image Credit: Bartosz Bera/RBS Photos


  • Cody3/75

    Interesting loadouts. Configured for WVR contacts mainly (which makes sense I guess). Still, anytime there could be a possible altercation I’d prefer to fall back on WVR missiles instead of relying on them/ only having 1 BVR weapon.

    Cool pictures!

  • Quite an unusual looking loadout for the Hornet, 5 Sidewinders and 1 AMRAAM.

  • Stefano Galla

    Ma i pod di illuminazione laser a cosa servono in missioni del genere?

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    Look at those load-outs. The intention is def to eyeball first and shoot later.

  • daniel

    Loaded for bear.

  • Aussieblokeadz

    CF-18 interesting configuration only 1 AMRAAM? 4 AIM-9’s?

  • minisxracer

    you can see that leading edge flaps on the f/a-18 are really drooping. thing must be fuel of fuel

  • ATman

    Nice pics

  • Mr_Manatane

    what type of pods for both?

    • Praetorianx

      The Dutch F-16’s use the AN/AAQ-28(V) Litening targeting pod

      And the CF-18’s use the AN/AAQ-33 Sniper targeting pod

  • MrSatyre

    “…as seen from a privileged point of observation.” What a curious way of phrasing the obvious, and completely unnecessary. If you were to show me a picture of your family, taken in your own home, the same phrasing would also apply, and also be redundant.