The aim of Exercise Loyal Arrow is to practice methods for rapid deployment and to develop the capability of the Swedish Air Force to participate in international missions, the scenario for the exercise is a multinational, UN-mandated, NATO-led, crisis management force.
“We are participating in UN mandated, NATO-led missions and I am referring to Kosovo and Afghanistan,” the Minister Tolgfors underlined, “the Swedish units must meet the requirements that are required in international missions, whether they are led by the UN, EU or NATO. If we are to meet these requirements, we must also train with other nations. It is also very important for the safety of the Swedish men and women who participate in missions all around the world to have trained together with other nations.”
Excellent conditions for the exercise
The exercise started on Monday at 10 o’clock. The fighter aircraft from the participating countries left the F 21 airbase and headed towards the exercise area in order to carry out a number of tasks within a fictitious scenario.
During his visit, Minister of Defence Tolgfors commented on the excellent conditions for air exercises in the Norrland area.
“The conditions here in Norrbotten are unique,” said the minister, “and I am happy that we can offer one of the very best training areas in Europe.”
Being the host nation, Sweden will get some useful training and experience in exercise planning and logistics.
“I am happy now that everything is working well,” said Colonel Dennis Hedström, the Swedish Defence Forces project manager for this exercise, “now the exercise can begin after all. The professional attitude that I have seen during the last few days of preparation, makes me quite confident concerning the coming weeks. Throughout the exercise it is mission first and safety always.