Chief of Staff of the French Air Force Philippe Lavigne in an interview with an American magazine Aviation Week & Space Technology said that the French Air Force will begin air patrols over the Baltic countries next year.
"As a part of NATO's plan to assure [our allies] of the support, we plan to help with a task of patrolling the Baltic region in 2020. We plan to deploy Mirage fighter jets in Estonia, as well as to conduct flights of aircraft of distant radar-tracking detection and management, as well as the flights for intelligence-gathering purposes," - said Lavigne.
According to him, France also continues to participate in the activities of the Global Coalition against International Terrorism in the Middle East. "To that end, the air force continues to conduct flights from the territory of Jordan and the United Arab Emirates," Lavigne said.