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Finnish Air Force to participate in Ramstein Alloy 21-1 with two F/A-18s

Air Force
19.4.2021 9.01
Press release
A German Eurofighter Typhoon, a Finnish F/A-18 Hornet and an Estonian M-28 Skytruck.
A German Eurofighter Typhoon, a Finnish F/A-18 Hornet and an Estonian M-28 Skytruck during Ramstein Alloy 20-3. Photo: Finnish Air Force.

The Finnish Air Force will take part in the first Ramstein Alloy exercise of 2021 with two F/A-18 Hornet multi-role fighters from 20 to 22 April 2021.

The objective of the Ramstein Alloy exercise series is to enhance the interoperability of NATO member and partner nations’ Air Forces in the Baltic Sea region. The exercise takes place three times a year. The Finnish Air Force participates in the exercise series as a partner nation.

The training scenarios include missions such as the identification and escort of an aircraft suffering from communications loss (COMLOSS). In addition, the Ramstein Alloy exercise series provides an opportunity to fly Dissimilar Air Combat Training (DACT) with different types of fighters.

Because of the COVID-19 situation, the Finnish F/A-18s will operate only out of Rissala Air Base, Finland, during Ramstein Alloy 21-1. The training missions will take place in the international airspace above the Baltic Sea, and in Finnish, Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian airspace.

The Ramstein Alloy exercise series is a part of the Defence Forces’ international training and exercise plan, approved by the Finnish Ministry of Defence. The previous Ramstein Alloy exercise took place in September 2020.