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Britain sends fighter jets to Romania to participate in NATO mission

Britain sends fighter jets to Romania to participate in NATO mission Illustrative photo (Getty Images)
Author: Maria Kholina

The United Kingdom has dispatched a squadron of six Typhoon fighter jets to Romania. The Royal Air Force (RAF) will be participating in NATO's mission to patrol the Romanian airspace near the Black Sea coast as part of their rotational duties, according to the British RAF.

According to the statement, the six RAF Typhoon fighter jets will be involved in a four-month mission.

"Six RAF Typhoon fighter aircraft are taking part in the four-month mission, with jets from IX (Bomber) Squadron, along with more than two hundred RAF personnel from 140 Expeditionary Air Wing (140EAW) deployed from RAF Lossiemouth to Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base in Romania," the statement reads.

It is emphasized that the British Royal Air Force will be engaged in the mission until August.

"The personnel involved in the mission will be on standby at a moment’s notice to launch Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) intercepts of Russian aircraft approaching NATO airspace," the statement continues.

Drone incident in Romania

On March 29, fragments of a drone were discovered on a farm near the border with Ukraine in Romania. Several army search teams were dispatched to the Great Braila Island to conduct an investigation.

Currently, the Romanian Ministry of Defense and law enforcement agencies are investigating the drone's crash.

Later, Romanian media outlets published photos of the fallen drone, which had Cyrillic inscriptions on its elements. It was noted that a four-meter crater was formed upon the drone's impact.