(Expands)TALLINN, Aug 11, BNS - A-10 attack aircraft of the Maryland U.S. Army National Guard are to land on the Kuressaare airfield on Saaremaa island as the planes will participate in an exercise of the Saaremaa unit of the volunteer corps Kaitseliit (Defense League).Altogether eight U.S. A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft are to depart from the Amari air base on Wednesday for a two-day cooperation exercise with the Saaremaa unit of the volunteer corps Kaitseliit, spokespeople at the headquarters of the Estonian defense forces said.The aircraft will land on the Kuressaare airfield and this will be the first time when A-10 type attack aircraft land on that particular airfield.The exercise will include practicing the control of sea area and protecting the port of Roomassaare and the surrounding area from the sea and from the air.The attack aircraft will be supported by a MC-130 tanker, which will be based at the Kuressaare airfield during the exercise.The Estonian defense forces and Kaitseliit will participate in the exercise with an 18-strong team of high speed boats.During the exercise the aircraft will fly both above the sea and the city of Kuressaare as well as perform low-altitude training flights. The aircraft will be based at the Kuressaare airfield in between the exercises. A limited airside will be established for other aircraft near the city of Kuressaare, the port of Roomassaare and the island of Abruka during the exercise.Tallinn newsroom, +372 610 8814, firstname.lastname@example.orgBaltic News Service
Published: 11.08.2017 14:07
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