Poland to participate in NATO air policing

11:20, April 07, 2010      

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The Polish government Tuesday moved to the President to permit Poland's participation in NATO's Air Policing patrol missions over Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia.

For logistic reasons, the mission, officially to last from May to the end of August, will probably begin in mid-April and wind up in mid-September

Poland plans to send 100 troops and four MiG-29 aircraft to the mission, according to the Polish news agency PAP.

NATO introduced Air Policing in 2004 as an airspace safety measure for the Baltic states, which do not have combat aircraft.

The Polish Air Policing unit will carry out patrol flights over the Baltic countries and provide emergency aid for civilian and military aircraft in the region.

This will be the third Air Policing mission for Poland. Poland previously took part in the Air Policing project in 2006 and 2008.

Source: Xinhua


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