09 Aug '18, 9pm

Estonia halts NATO air drills after jet misfires missile.

Estonia halts NATO air drills after jet misfires missile.

HELSINKI — Estonia’s defense minister has ordered a halt to NATO air exercises in Estonia pending an investigation after a missile was accidentally fired over the Baltic country’s airspace by a Spanish fighter jet on a military exercise this week. Minister Juri Luik said Thursday at a news conference in Tallinn that the air-to-air missile that was erroneously launched Tuesday over southern Estonia has not been found but no people were reported injured or killed in the misfiring. "The Spanish defense minister has apologized and expressed deep regret," Luik said, adding that the commander of the Spanish Armed Forces has apologized as well. Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas spoke with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday, expressing Estonia's concern over the "serious incident." The AMRAAM-type missile has a range of up to 100 kilometers (62 miles). It may ha...

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