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Finnish Air Force to participate in Ramstein Alloy 21-2 with two F/A-18s

Air Force
Publication date 28.6.2021 13.45
Press release
Two F/A-18 Hornet multi-role fighters
Two F/A-18 Hornet multi-role fighters. Photo: Finnish Air Force.

The Finnish Air Force will take part in the second Ramstein Alloy exercise of 2021 with two F/A-18 Hornet multi-role fighters on 29‒30 June 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 tasks such as the identification, escort, and handover of escort duties of an aircraft suffering from communications loss (COMMLOSS). In addition, the Ramstein Alloy exercise series provides an opportunity to fly Dissimilar Air Combat Training (DACT) with different types of fighters. During Ramstein Alloy 21-2, the Finnish F/A-18s will fly training missions with Italian Air Force F-35s as well as Spanish and German Eurofighter Typhoons. 

Because of the COVID-19 situation, the Finnish F/A-18s will operate only out of Rissala Air Base, Finland. The training missions will take place in the international airspace above the Baltic Sea, and in Finnish, Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian airspace. Baltic Air Policing detachments participate in the exercise from Ämari Air Base in Estonia and Siauliai Air Base in Lithuania.

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 April 2021.