Swedish Gripens Take Part in Joint Training Mission

On May 6th, Finnish and French fighter aircraft, along with Swedish Gripens, took part in a joint training mission in the Finnish skies, reports Poder Aereo.

Three French Mirage 2000-5s were accompanied by four Finnish F / A-18Cs for a two hour long combat training in the morning. Six Swedish Gripen Cs later joined the training in the afternoon, the report further adds.

The exercise was conducted under the Finnish Swedish Training Exercise (FSTE) protocol which calls for NATO countries involved in the Baltic Air Policing mission and the Enhanced Air Policing mission to jointly train with the two Nordic countries- Sweden and Finland - as they are not part of NATO. The exercise aims to enhance interoperability between the participating nations.

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