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Northern Europe hosts large-scale military exercises

May 16, 2023

Sweden, Finland, Norway, and Denmark will host the international air exercise Arctic Challenge Exercise 23 (ACE23) from May 29 to June 9, with the participation of fourteen countries.

This was announced on Tuesday by the Swedish Ministry of Defense.

About 120 aircraft and 2,700 military personnel from 14 countries - including Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Finland, Britain, the United States, and Canada - are taking part in ACE23, making it one of the largest air exercises in Europe this year.


The purpose of the exercise is to practice and train units in organizing and conducting air operations, including tactical tasks and command and control procedures.

In addition, the participants will practice interaction and interoperability between 4th and 5th-generation fighters.

ACE was first held in 2013 and was preceded by several years of joint exercises between the Swedish, Norwegian, and Finnish air forces. Since then, ACE has been held every two years and involves NATO member states and partners.

Author - Olena Madiak, 16/05/2023

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