Iceland Air Meet 2014

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    JAS-39 Gripen fighter jets Photo: SwAF

Swedish Air Force will participate for the first time in a joint flying training over Iceland.

NATO will lead an air-defence flying training event for pilots and ground support personnel in Iceland from 3-21 February 2014. It will bring together participants from NATO members Iceland, Norway, the Netherlands and the United States. It is the first time partner nations are invited to participate in the Iceland Air Meet 2014 (IAM2014).

As active partners to NATO, Sweden and Finland will take part in a wide range of air defence-related flying activities of this event. This training event is particularly important for Sweden. It will improve interoperability, and further strengthen cooperation between the Nordic states – both NATO members and Nordic partners.

The overall goal of the event is to get better trained with more experienced personnel, be able to deploy and operate together in a more efficient manner.

From Sweden, seven Gripen fighters and one C-130 tanker will be deployed.

At the press day 12 February, the event will be attended by the Nordic Defence Ministers in the context of the Nordic Defence Cooperation (NORDEFCO) ministerial meeting on Island.  

During the Distinguished Visitors day 18 February, representatives from participating countries and NATO will meet and discuss the training event and how this cooperation can be further developed. From the Mission of Sweden to NATO, Ambassador Mrs Veronika Wand-Danielsson will participate together with LtCol Lars Carlstein.