Czechs fly over Russia and Alaska

A joint US-Czech observation mission over the territory of the Russian Federation was accomplished at the Elmendorf AFB, Alaska, on 5 March 2011.

The inspection was flown by American military observation aircraft OC-135B (Boeing 707). Five Czech specialists on observance of the Open Sky Treaty contributed to successful accomplishment of the mission.

Two inspection flights over the Russian Far East at March covered 5791 kilometers, which took more than 11 hours, brought over two thousand panoramic air pictures.

During both flights several Russian officers were aboard to oversee approved fly route, flight level and work of sensors.

Specialists from the Czech Arms Control Agency arrived at the Andrews AFB, close to Washington, D.C., in mid-February 2011 and after the joint US-Czech planning phase of the observation mission they flew to Alaskan Elmendorf AFB and than to Russian Ulan-Ude, close to the Baikal Lake, which was the point of entry for the Open Sky Treaty observation mission at this part of the Russian Federation.

Technicians copied the air pictures of the Russian territory and Russian, American and Czech parties received a set for their own evaluation.

Observation flights contribute to building and strengthening confidence among nations - parties to the Open Sky Treaty thus contributing to secure international environment. Along with observance the Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty and the Vienna Document 1999, related to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, also the Open Sky Treaty is very effective tool for bolstering goodwill among nations.

Posted: March 18, 2011