NATO drone on first time mission over Finland,

NATO confirms that this is the first time a drone from the alliance’s Ground Surveillance Force flew over Finland.

“The mission came as NATO Air Forces continue to step up their reconnaissance missions on the Alliance’s eastern borders in the wake of Russia’s full-fledged war against Ukraine,” a press statement says.

Finland’s military command underlines “there have been no recent changes in Finland’s military security situation or environment, but flight operations with partner countries are planned and part of normal bilateral and multilateral cooperation.” It “improves joint situation awareness,” the statement from Helsinki reads.

Finland’s military will not reveal details of the flight “for operational security reasons.” The Barents Observer and others, though, could follow the flight patterns on Wednesday as the drone headed north into Finnish airspace north of Estonia and along the border with Russia’s Karelia region to about Kajaani. Läs artikel