Air Surveillance Wing (Estonia)

The Air Surveillance Wing (Estonian: Õhuseiredivisjon (ÕSD)) is one of the three wings of the Estonian Air Force, and specializes in air surveillance.[1]

Air Surveillance Wing
Õhuseiredivisjon
Insignia of the Estonian Air Surveillance Wing.svg
Active1 January 1998−Present
CountryEstonia
BranchAir Force
RoleSurveillance
Websitehttp://www.mil.ee/en/air_force
Air Surveillance Wing CommanderHardi Lämmergas
Aircraft flown
Reconnaissance2 Aero L-39 Albatross

StructureEdit

The Air Surveillance Wing is made up of three groups: the Engineering and Technical Group, which controls Estonia's five land based radars, the Ämari Command and Reporting Centre, which runs the day-to-day air policing, and the Combined Command Reporting Centre, centred in Lithuania, which controls the Baltic Air Surveillance Network, along with Lithuania and Latvia.[1]

Service historyEdit

The Air Surveillance Wing was founded on 1 January 1998, and based at Ämari Air Base, in Ämari, Estonia.[1] The Air Surveillance Wing has worked alongside the US Air Force and Danish Air Force on Air Policing in Iceland.[1] From 8 to 29 March 2010, the Air Surveillance Wing provided two ground-based intercept controllers to assist four Danish F-16 Fighting Falcons during their Air Policing Patrol.[2]

InventoryEdit

Currently the Air Surveillance Wing has 2 Aero L-39 Albatross.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d Kaitsevägi, Eesti. "Air Force - Kaitsevägi". www.mil.ee. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  2. ^ "Estonia to patrol Iceland airspace". www.baltictimes.com. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  3. ^ "ANALYSIS: Baltic air policing mission in Estonia to continue through 2015". Flightglobal.com. 23 December 2014. Retrieved 15 March 2017.