The war games of the North Atlantic Alliance on nuclear deterrence Steadfast Noon, announced earlier by Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, will last from October 17 to 30.
According to European Pravda, this was announced by NATO Press Service on Friday.
The annual exercise will involve 14 countries and up to 60 aircraft of various types, including fighters of the fourth and fifth generations, as well as spy planes and tankers.
As in previous years, U.S. B-52 long-range bombers will participate, flying this year from Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota. Training flights will take place over Belgium, which hosts the exercise, as well as the North Sea and Great Britain. Combat weapons will not be used.
"These exercises help ensure that the Alliance's nuclear deterrent force remains safe, secure, and effective," said NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu.
The Alliance's nuclear deterrence exercises, it is stressed, are routine, repetitive training exercises and are not linked to any current world events. At the same time, they coincide with the recent escalation of Putin's threats to use nuclear weapons.
Author - Olena Madiak, 14/10/2022