About 100 military aircraft belonging to the US and eight European countries are set to take part in extensive military drills in the Arctic area, particularly in northern Norway, Sweden and Finland.
“The objective is to train units in orchestrating and conducting complex air operations, in close relationship with NATO partners,” said Norwegian General Jan Ove Rygg, the commander of the Operations.
The exercise, which sees 4,000 troops, will last until 5 June. It is attended by US allied states – Germany, Britain, France, the Netherlands and Norway- and three other countries – Sweden, Finland and Switzerland, members of NATO’s Partnership for Peace.
This event unfolds as the largest fighter jets exercise in Europe this year and the second of its kind after the one in 2013. It is envisaged to conduct such drills every two years, testing practically any type of intervention, from downing enemy aircraft to refueling in mid-air.