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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Finnish-Swedish-US joint training sorties begin

F-18 HornetThe Finnish Air Force fighters on Tuesday began training with planes from the Swedish Air Force and the 510th Fighter Squadron of the United States Air Forces in Europe. Running until April 1st, the exercise is primarily taking place in Finland's airspace over the Bothnian Sea and in international airspace.

Finland is assigning two to four F/A-18 Hornet multirole fighters to the training sorties while the United States is operating with F-16 Fighting Falcons and Sweden with JAS-39 Gripens.

It is also possible that a USAF KC-135 Stratotanker refuelling aircraft flying out of Great Britain will take part in the training exercise.

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