In an impressive display of military prowess, Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark join together as hosts for the highly anticipated edition of the NATO air exercise known as Arctic Challenge Exercise 23 (ACE 23).
Between May 29 and June 9, 14 contingents from Europe and North America converge on this event, which will become one of the most outstanding air exercises of the year 2023.
Description of Arctic Challenge Exercise 23 (ACE 23)
An integral part of the Cross Border Training (CBT) launched by the Swedish, Norwegian and Finnish air forces in 2008, ACE 23 has evolved in complexity and participation to become a litmus test for the nations involved. Since its first edition in 2013, this combined exercise has been held every two years, attracting numerous allies and partners seeking to strengthen cooperation and test interoperability between 4th and 5th-generation fighters.
The main objective of ACE 23, as reported by the Swedish Air Force, is to train and train units in planning and conducting air operations. For this, demanding performance standards have been established, following the guidelines of the FLAG exercises. This training covers the execution of Command and Control tactics and procedures, as well as the improvement of cooperation between participating countries.
Development of ACE 23
In this edition of the Arctic Challenge, Finland has arranged the deployment and development of activities in four air bases located in three countries. Luleå Kallax Air Base in Sweden, Örland Air Base in Norway, and Finland’s Rovaniemi and Pirkkala air bases will witness the most sophisticated aerial maneuvers.
These strategic places will allow the interrelation and cooperation between allies, as can be seen in Ørland, where the presence of personnel from Norway, Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, the United States, the Czech Republic and NATO is expected.
Although Arctic Challenge 23 originates from the Nordic Defense Cooperation (NORDEFCO), this time, it has been extended to allied countries and NATO members.
The list of participants includes personnel and air assets from Germany, Belgium, Canada, the United States, Sweden, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Finland, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Denmark, France, Italy, and Norway. In addition, NATO will contribute its AWACS radar aircraft, adding an additional element of technological sophistication to the exercise.
Demonstration of dexterity and responsiveness
Arctic Challenge 23 is emerging as a unique opportunity to demonstrate the skill and response capacity of the air forces of various countries. During these intense maneuvers, the pilots’ preparation will be tested, and the ties of collaboration between nations will be strengthened. This air exercise will undoubtedly leave a significant mark on the European defense landscape and on the development of future joint strategies.
Arctic Challenge Exercise 23 (ACE 23) stands out as one of the most important air exercises of the year 2023, bringing together 14 contingents from Europe and North America in an impressive display of military capacity. With a focus on planning and conducting air operations, ACE 23 provides a platform for training and training units, enhancing cooperation and interoperability among participating nations.
Through the demonstration of prowess and responsiveness, this air exercise strengthens collaborative ties and leaves a significant mark on the European defense landscape, contributing to the development of future joint strategies.
The main objective is to educate and train units in the planning and conduct of air operations, improving cooperation and interoperability.
A total of 14 contingents from Europe and North America are participating in the exercise.
Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark are the host countries of the exercise.
NATO’s participation adds technological sophistication to the exercise, contributing its AWACS radar aircraft.
The exercise leaves a significant mark on the European defense landscape, strengthening collaboration ties and contributing to the development of future joint strategies.