U.S. A-10s to perform low level training in Latvia

Senior Airman Victoria Parker, 96th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, pulls the chocks from the wheels of an A-10 Thunderbolt II prior to a morning takeoff from Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., May 19. The aircraft was loaded with approximately nine MK-82s, seven missiles and a full 30mm round load for the GAU-8. The sortie was to test the weapons worked properly with new aircraft software upgrades. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Low flying Thunderbolts over Latvia.

According to the information released by the Latvian Ministry of Defense, NATO air assets, namely the A-10 Thunderbolts deployed as a part of the Theater Security Package, are going to use the country’s airspace to conduct low-level flying.

The release issued by the Latvian authorities asks the public not to be worried about the low-flying Hogs. The missions are going to take place only on specific, agreed dates and times, starting from Jun. 8, 2015.

The low-level flying is to be carried out outside the firing ranges – this is the reason why the event is so unusual. It was said that the training’s purpose is to maintain and refine the pilots’ skills and combat readiness.

All the information pertaining the operations are going to be available on the Internet. It was already said that the sorties would take place in seven districts, namely: Rūjiena, Smiltene, Aluksne – Gulbene, Balvi – Vilani, Madona – Plavinas, Jēkabpils and Preiļi – Līvāni.

According to the Ministry, the Warthog training operations within the Latvian airspace are a part of the Operation Atlantic Resolve, undertaken by NATO in the light of the Ukrainian crisis. The low-level training operations are going to be organized in a way that will not pose a threat to the public.

 

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