The countries of Northern Europe will unite their air forces
Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark signed an agreement of intent to create a joint air force. Together, the northern countries will operate 250 fighters, as well as anti-aircraft defense and reconnaissance systems.
The commander of the Danish Air Force, Major General Jan Dam, told the Reuters agency that such a decision was taken against the backdrop of Russia’s war in Ukraine. The Northern countries will cooperate, including to counter a possible Russian threat.
“Our common [воздушный] the fleet can be compared with the aviation of a major European country,” Dam said.
The agreement was signed at the Ramstein military base in Germany. NATO Air Force Commander General James Hacker was present at the signing.
- The countries of Northern Europe are united by close political, economic and cultural ties. However, in the military-political relationship, they adhere to different statuses. Denmark has been a member of NATO since 1949, being one of the founding countries of the alliance. Finland and Sweden previously adhered to neutrality. After the start of Russia’s full-scale military invasion of Ukraine in 2022, these countries applied to join NATO. Norway is also a member of NATO, but, unlike other northern countries, it is not a member of the European Union, although it cooperates with it.