Two NATO tanker aircrafts circled for hours over Lake Balaton on Wednesday, according to flight-tracking sites.
According to information from 24.hu, the British Airbus Voyager, which departed in the morning from its base in Akrotiri, Cyprus, flew nine times over Balatonfüred and Tihany in the early afternoon, and then headed back to Greece after 3 PM.
The other plane, a special Airbus A330, arrived from Eindhoven in the Netherlands. It spent almost five hours in the region, including a short stopover in Poland. The plane travelled all over the Balaton area waiting for deployment.
According to NATO’s website, the so-called Multi-Mission Fleet (MMF) was established in Eindhoven in 2020, when the first of the fleet’s eight aircraft arrived at the main base in the Netherlands.
As described, the Multinational Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) fleet is designed to provide strategic transport of people and cargo. Its aim is to significantly increase European aerial refuelling capabilities and to be available for medical evacuation if required. The fleet is funded by Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Norway.
Source: 24.hu, nato.int