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Germany to host largest air exercise in NATO history

May 30, 2023

In two weeks, large-scale exercises of NATO air forces will begin in Germany, which will be the largest such maneuvers in the history of the Alliance.

This was reported by Spiegel.

Air Defender 2023 will be led by Germany from June 12 to 23. Almost all maneuvers - 90% - are planned over the territory of Germany and over the coastal zones of the North and Baltic Seas.

About 250 airplanes and helicopters will take part in the exercises, including about a hundred from the US Air Force.


German Air Force Inspector Ingo Gerhartz noted that the exercises should demonstrate the allies' readiness to respond quickly if necessary.

According to him, "only isolated maneuvers" are planned near Russian airspace, and only defensive scenarios will be practiced.

"Of course, it would be a provocation to simulate flights towards Kaliningrad. But we will not do that," he said.

Author - Olena Madiak, 30/05/2023

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