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Jüri Luik talks to Spanish Minister of Defence on air incident

8. August 2018 - 16:04
Jüri Luik talks to Spanish Minister of Defence on air incident
Jüri Luik talks to Spanish Minister of Defence on air incident

Minister of Defence, Jüri Luik today talked to Spanish Minister of Defence, Margarita Robles Fernández on the incident with the Spanish Eurofighter aircraft, which accidentally fired an air-to-air missile in the Estonian airspace during the exercise yesterday.

The Spanish Defence Minister regretted the incident had taken place during the NATO Baltic Air Policing mission. “We discussed the details of the incident and agreed to work closely in the ongoing search of the missile as well as on the investigation,” Minister of Defence, Jüri Luik said.

Both ministers agreed that NATO´s Baltic Air Policing Mission has the key role securing the Alliance´s air space and assured its relevance. Spanish Eurofighter accidentally fired an air-to-air missile in the Estonian airspace in temporarily segregated south of Estonia. The flight path, location and status of the missile are currently under investigation. Missile has a built-in self-destruction mode, but it is not ruled out that it has landed on the ground. The search for the missile is currently underway.

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