USAF to Protect Czech, Slovak, Hungarian, Polish Skies – Media

Wednesday, June 3, 2015
By Paul Martin

US fighter jets stationed in Europe could in the foreseeable future be used to safeguard the airspace of the so-called Visegrad 4 countries (Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary), Czech media reported Wednesday.

“If an aircraft, commandeered by terrorists, appears in the Czech airspace, or a Russian military plane ‘mistakenly’ crosses in, then US fighter jets could eventually be able to scramble and deal with the intruder,” the Prague-based Idnes online paper reported, citing its own sources in the country’s Defense Ministry.

This could be possible after a common airspace protection agreement will be signed by the V4 countries. Czech Deputy Defense Minister Daniel Kostoval believes this could happen within the next few months.

Until now US fighter jets stationed at Rammstein air base in Germany could only be seen flying regular sorties in Polish airspace.

The new plan, thanks to already existing US-Polish accords, would allow US warplanes to fly in the skies of the other V4 states as well.

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