The U.S. Air Force’s fifth-generation F-22 Raptor fighters began training flights in Estonia, state broadcaster ERR reported.

“In early April 12 F-22 fighters were transferred from the USA to Polish airbase for exercises. In cooperation with different countries, it is practiced to respond quickly to threats. This week three fighters arrived at Emari airbase near Tallinn,” the report said.

According to U.S. Ambassador to Estonia George Kent, U.S. fighter jets conduct joint flights with pilots from other countries.

“On Wednesday morning, the pilots flew to Lithuania, where they worked with Portuguese and Romanian pilots. On Thursday, they hope to work with British Eurofighter Typhoons based in Emari. This isn’t the first time the F-22 has been in Emari. The first time was in 2015. And I assume they will be coming back. Our armies have to agree on a schedule and targets,” George Kent told ERR.

According to the U.S. embassy, the U.S. has funded more than 33 million euros in infrastructure at Emari Air Base since 2015. The latest facility is a 2,000-cubic-meter fuel storage tank. In addition, a dormitory for 220 people and a hangar for aircraft maintenance were built. As expected, these projects have helped increase the capacity of Emari Air Base for operations in support of regional security.

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