Around 50 aircraft from the UK, France, Germany, Sweden and other allied and partner nations have took part in NATO’s large-scale multi-domain vigilance activity in Norway.
Conducted on June 2, the vigilance activity focused on the integration of the command and control (C2) of the joint forces north of the area of responsibility (AoR) of the Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR).
The activity was led by Norway and involved the participation of nearly 130 participants from NATO Allies and Partner countries.
Participating aircraft included tankers, fighters, C-130 Hercules, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft and airborne warning and control systems (AWACS).
The aircraft demonstrated NATO’s capability on ranged combat air power.
Major General Rolf Folland, Chief of Air Force, Royal Norwegian Air Force, said: “The exercise focuses on synchronizing the air, sea and land domains to improve cohesion, l ‘interoperability and the ability to cooperate with our Alliance partners.’
As part of the vigilance activity, participants practiced tactical command and control (C2), conducted live joint fire simulations, and operated in a contested environment with electronic warfare (EW) threats.
The exercise also involved air-to-air refueling (AAR) for Allied aircrew, as many aircraft were flying from their home bases.
Also, US land-based missile launchers and seagoing ships were theoretically played for advanced training scenarios.
The activity enabled the participating nations to strengthen their relations with each other.
NATO’s vigilance activities aim to strengthen the overall cohesion of allied and partner nations.
Swedish Air Force Chief of Operations Colonel Peter Greberg said: “The activity was a fantastic opportunity to train combined air operations and a clear confirmation that the Swedish Air Force is fully interoperable and ready to integrate into the NATO air domain.