NATO fighters fire from Ørland, Norway

RNoAF F-16AM no. 292 over Langvatnet, North West of Snøhetta (Image © Morten Hanche / Forsvaret)
RNoAF F-16AM no. 292 over Langvatnet, North West of Snøhetta (Image © Morten Hanche / Forsvaret)

NATO fighters continue to execute live fire sorties from Ørland Main Air Station in Norway, well into the next week. F-16s, Tornados and Mirage 2000Ds are all involved, as well as several support aircraft.

The small fighting force of 50 aircraft started exercise Brilliant Arrow 2013 (BAW13) on August 25th, and it will last until September 5th. Apart from the indigenous Norwegian F-16s, France, Germany, Greece, Poland, Portugal, Turkey and the United Kingdom all sent assets to the southern Norwegian airbase close to the city of Trondheim. A Royal Netherlands Air Force KDC-10 operates out of Eindhoven in the Netherlands to refuel aircraft; Dutch F-16s will join in next week.

It is not all blazing afterburners that are visible, since the air fleet includes two AWACS, three transport aircraft, four helicopters and several other flying machines. About 800 personnel are involved. Flying activities are limited to daytime and working days only.

Ørland is normally only home to 338 squadron with roughly half of the RNoAF F-16AM/BM fleet of 50 fighters and one or two Sea King Mk 43s search-and-rescue helicopters from 330 squadron.

Source: Luftforsvaret (Norwegian Air Force)


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