August 27, 2018  |  Updated September 6, 2018

#BalticBrief: Accidental Missile Launched Over Estonia

By Lukas Andriukaitis
Russian media spun the story about a NATO fighter jet in Estonia

A Spanish Eurofighter EF2000 jet accidentally fired an AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) during a training mission in Estonia last week. The accident took place on August 7, 2018, over the village of Pangodi in Tartu County.

Although the missile did not cause any damage and was designed to self-destruct, Kremlin-funded and other pro-Kremlin media outlets exploited the incident to portray NATO negatively. Although Estonian authorities have not found the missile yet, evidence of a potential point of impact was visible in satellite imagery.

Open source analysis also helped to shed more light on the Russian narratives and their effectiveness on this incident.

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