Nordic fighter jet exercises kicks off inside Arctic Circle,

Flying out from Rovaniemi Air Base, the Norwegian, Finnish and Swedish pilots will conduct combat training with a variety of different fighter types.

Exercise Arctic Fighter Meet 21 is part of the Nordic defence cooperation and takes place just two weeks before Russian armed forces launches the large-scale Zapad-21 (West 21) exercise.

With flights from August 30 to September 3, the Nordic fighter jets will work together in the skies over Lapland, Finland’s northernmost region.

“During the exercise, the fighters will deploy flares, which may be seen as momentary bright spots of light in the sky,” the Finnish Air Forces informs.

Sweden participates with JAS 39 Gripen from Kallax Air Base in Luleå, while Norwegian F-16s fly from Bodø take part. Finland’s Air Force operates the F/A-18 and Hawk jet trainers.

Simultaneously as the Nordic exercise is happening from Rovaniemi will Norway’s new F-35 fighter jets from September 1 for the first time drill Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) from Evenes airport in northern Norway. Läs artikel