Aurora 17 has now finished

During Aurora 17, the armed services and the Home Guard have completed training to meet the common objective of defending Sweden. The Armed Forces have also exercised with international partners and with other authorities. Despite the challenges and the complexity of the exercise, it has produced very good results. Aurora 17 is now finished and is summarized here in a video and pictures.


Aurora 17 included conducting host nation support. The aim of this element of the exercise was to develop cooperation with civilian and other military actors. The French medical team that joined the exercise displayed their ambulance and demonstrated methods for lifting a patient into an ambulance. Photo: Astrid Amtén Skage/Swedish Armed Forces
Prime Minister, Stefan Löfven and Defence Minister, Peter Hultqvist visited soldiers at the Amphibious Regiment, who had been called up under the terms of the Total Defence Act. The Prime Minister and other government officials had the opportunity to see the soldiers’ refresher training at close quarters. Photo: Daniel Klintholm/Swedish Armed Forces
For several days during the Armed Forces exercise, AURORA 17, Swedish air defence units were given a unique opportunity to exercise against a highly sophisticated threat – American AH-64 Apache attack helicopters. Photo: Petter Persson/Swedish Armed Forces
A Home Guard catering detachment served food to the Supreme Commander during his visit to Oskarshamn. Photo: Jimmy Croona/Swedish Armed Forces
It is not guaranteed that units and equipment will always be exactly where the Armed Forces need them. Therefore, it was important to practise transport and movement capabilities during Aurora 17, and operational transport was a priority. Here a tank company from Boden arrives in Uppsala. Photo: Bezav Mahmod/Swedish Armed Forces
Important exercise in civil-military cooperation. In Gotland, the total defence exercise, "the consequences of combat" took place. The scenario involved a fictional attack on Sweden by a foreign power whose aircraft dropped bombs across the island. Photo: Jimmy Croona/Swedish Armed Forces
During Aurora 17, 2nd Brigade received orders to defend an area outside Kungsängen against an airborne assault. The picture shows personnel of 42nd Mechanised Battalion, from the Skaraborg Regiment in Skövde, during the defence task. Photo: Astrid Amtén Skage/Swedish Armed Forces
2nd Amphibious Battalion gave a display on the island of Korsö. Photo: Mats Nyström/Swedish Armed Forces
Curious locals in Åsby called in on a medical section. Photo: Bezav Mahmod/Swedish Armed Forces
A combat supplies distribution point on a road in the Mälardalen region. A soldier provides traffic control to alert civilian vehicles, while ammunition is cross-loaded from Logistics Battalion vehicles to a unit’s support company. Photo: Mattias Nurmela/Swedish Armed Forces
2nd Brigade moving along the E18 towards Södertälje. Photo: Astrid Amtén Skage/Swedish Armed Forces
Both soldiers and sailors were on hand to meet the general public on the Defence Information Day at Gärdet in Stockholm. Photo: Swedish Armed Forces
Around 80,000 people turned up at Gärdet on the Defence Information Day. The day before there was another Defence Information Day in Visby on the island of Gotland. Photo: Swedish Armed Forces
One of the largest helicopter assault landings ever carried out in Sweden took place during the exercise. American units also took part. Photo: Marcus Åhlen/Swedish Armed Forces
On Tuesday 26 September, the coastal defence operation during Aurora 17 ended. The Swedish brigade upped the tempo to bring the enemy's advance to a halt. Main battle tanks (Strv 122) from the 191st Mechanized Battalion during an attack. Photo: Mats Carlsson/Swedish Armed Forces