Lynx Mission in Estonia

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The mission Lynx is not qualified as Opex (THEoperation Exteriors) like the “Barkhane” operation carried out in the Sahel and the Sahara or like the operation “Chammal” en Iraq and Syria. In addition, the deployment put in place still remains important, since there are more than 300 soldiers and of many vehicles dont 13 VBCI (Armored Infantry Combat Vehicle). “It’s a great opportunity for our forces to train, especially with the armies of our allies,” said an officer of the General Staff.

The objective of the Lynx mission is to support allied members in order to to face to a Russia in the collimator of theOTAN. This position is taken in order to avoid at theEstonia to climb the same fate as the Crimean peninsula in March 2014.

The mandate Lynx 6 was completed at the end of December 2019. The disengagement and return of soldiers as well as equipment and vehicles ended at the end of February. Repatriation to France mobilized around 100 vehicles and around 120 containers, spread over five different military trains. The end of the Lynx 6 mandate does not however mark the end of the French presence in the Baltic countries. Indeed, a detachment of 4 Mirage 2000-5 was deployed in May as part of the mission “Enhanced Air PolicingIn addition, a Lynx contingent is to be deployed in Lithuania from June, under German command.