”Sweden has participated in Cold Response since 2006, which has contributed to our unique capability to operate in the subarctic environment. It has also contributed to developing our capability to fight in major units and to cooperate with units from other nations”, says Lieutenant Erik Preutz, exercise director of the Swedish ground units.
The Swedish participation is an important part of the Nordic defence cooperation. Together with Finnish units, a reduced Swedish-Finnish brigade battle group is formed.
”We will continue along this path, building the Finnish-Swedish cooperation, FISE”, says Lieutenant Erik Preutz.
The Air Force contributes with units from the Norrbotten Wing F 21, with JAS 39 Gripen. Cold Response is a final exercise for conscripts trained 2021-2022 in the ground units in the region of Norrbotten.
The exercise area extends from Narvik in the south to Finnmark in the north, but the main part of the exercise of the Finnish-Swedish brigade battle group is conducted in Troms County.
”The exercise area is diverse, in terms of infrastructure and climate conditions, the roads can be narrow and slippery, so it is important to focus on safety”, says Lieutenant Preutz.