Sweden’s participation in the exercise is based on the Swedish Declaration of Solidarity adopted by Parliament in 2009.
“This is Sweden’s unilateral declaration of solidarity, which is linked to neighbouring Nordic countries and EU Member States. We will not be passive in the event of a conflict or crisis”, says Major General Michael Claesson.
In this scenario it is in fact Norway that has been drawn into a conflict. The assumption is that Norway is being attacked from the east by an alliance of five countries. Sweden now has an opportunity to practice in a qualified context in order to increase its military capabilities.
“As we know, we have a political order as the basis to increase our capabilities, so it is valuable for us to participate. It is also important for the defence cooperation established with Finland and NATO”, says Michael Claesson.
For the seven Jas 39 Gripen and the two Visby corvettes participating in the exercise, it is also preparation for their inclusion in the NATO Response Force, NRF.