Arctic Challenge Exercise begins over North Sweden

A Swedish Air Force’s JAS 39 Gripen jet fighter in 2011. (Patric Soderstrom/AP)
A Swedish Air Force’s JAS 39 Gripen jet fighter in 2011. (Patric Soderstrom/AP)
The Arctic Challenge Exercise, one of the biggest military plane exercises of the year, began Monday in the north of Sweden.

Sweden, Norway and Finland are leading the exercises, which include the participation of nine countries with a total of 115 military aircraft, according to Swedish Radio News.

Several countries belonging to NATO are participating, including the US, the UK, France and Germany. Sweden is contributing about a third of the country’s area for the exercises.

According to the Swedish Armed Forces, there will be a maximum of 90 fighter planes in the air at once, writes news agency TT.

The exercises will continue until June 4.

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