Since the beginning of 2022, dozens of NATO reconnaissance aircraft have been continuously circling the skies of Europe. For example, on the morning of January 27, 2022, there were 15 reconnaissance vehicles of alliance and their allies in the air, including the latest CL-650 ARTEMIS. Since the beginning of the hot phase of the war, reconnaissance planes do not enter the airspace of Ukraine, but constantly rotate around the borders of Ukraine, Belarus and Russia.
Reconnaissance aircraft patrol the Black Sea, Romania, and around Königsberg (Kaliningrad) especially closely. The map shows a breakdown by types of aircraft, in addition, the aircraft of Sweden, which is not yet a member of NATO, are shown separately.
The NATO military collects intelligence not only for its own use, but also (most likely) shares information with the Ukrainian military. Taking into account how much an hour of flight of aircraft of this class costs, as well as their maintenance, you can understand that such support from NATO costs a lot.
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