Six Swedish Air Force Gripen fighters participated in the Finnish Air Force's Ruska 2016 exercise last week.
This was the first time that Swedish Air Force Gripen fighters were sent to participate in this exercise. Besides the fighters, Sweden had sent transport and command & control aircraft as well. Along with the Finnish Hornets and Hawks, the Swedish team played Red Air, i.e. opponents to the Finnish exercise units.
Ruska is the biggest annual tactical training event of the Finnish Air Force. One of the main goals of the exercise is to train service units on how to work with other kinds of aircraft and for major operations.
The battle concepts executed in this exercise were all about deployment. The Finnish and Swedish assets were redeployed in every mission so that the attacker had difficulty anticipating the teams' moves and strategies.
The exercise was held between October 10 and 14.
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