Coordinated naval armed conflict with US heavy bombers

Hostile targets in the Baltic Sea must be destroyed. A force comprising of helicopters, aircraft and vessels is assigned to solve the task, together with a vehicle-borne missile unit. This was the framework of the recent joint US-Swedish exercise.

Swedish Armed Forces exercised joint armed conflict together with US B 52 aircraft. Photo: Swedish Armed Forces
JAS 39 Gripen eskorterar amerikanskt bombflyg av modell B52.
Swedish Air Force JAS 39 Gripen aircraft escorting a US B 52 aircraft. Photo: Swedish Air Force/Swedish Armed Forces
JAS 39 Gripen eskorterar amerikanskt bombflyg av modell B52.
The Swedish JAS 39 Gripen that escorted the US aircraft also released the Danish Air Force F 16 during the exercise. Photo: Swedish Air Force/Swedish Armed Forces
War ship at sea.
A Swedish VISBY corvette conducted coordinated naval armed conflict against targets in the Baltic Sea. Photo: Jimmie Andersson/Swedish Armed Forces
Fartygschef Nina Vinde och flottiljchef Per Edling koordinerar anfallet.
Ship Commander Nina Vinde and Commander Per Edling coordinated the attack. Photo: Jimmie Andersson/Swedish Armed Forces

Joint naval armed conflict means that several different coordinated military units fight an opponent at sea, using naval target missiles. To be able to do this, it is vital to have the capability to find the target and then conduct an armed attack.

In the Swedish Armed Forces, this is an important skill that is constantly exercised and improved iin order to make sure that the units, in a real situation, have the necessary skills and opportunities to solve the task.

Foreign partners participate and are integrated in this work, such as German and Norwegian war ships. This time, US B 52 aircraft exercised together with Swedish Jas 39 aircraft, one Visby corvette, and a land-based missile unit. The units conducted a joint, simulated naval missile attack against hostile targets.

“Together we took an important step towards joint naval armed conflict. In this way, we contributed to achieving a credible threshold effect – to defend Sweden together with others”, says Commander Per Edling, who led the operation onboard a Swedish corvette.