Welcome to Iceland. NATO Allies secure Iceland’s skies with rotating detachments of fighter aircraft.
Across Europe, NATO fighter jets are on duty around the clock, ready to scramble in case of suspicious or unannounced flights near the airspace of our Allies. NATO calls this activity Air Policing, which has been an integral part of NATO Integrated Air and Missile Defence for 60 years. In this series, we’ll explore NATO’s five special air policing arrangements to ensure the integrity of NATO’s airspace and the defence of our almost one billion citizens.
Welcome to Iceland. Strategically located, the country is invaluable to the Alliance’s situational awareness. Iceland has no military, so other NATO Allies contribute fighter jets on a rotating basis. They fly out of Keflavík Air Base near the capital Reykjavík.
Footage includes shots of Royal Norwegian Air Force F-35s flying over and around Iceland as part of NATO’s Iceland Peacetime Preparedness Mission.
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FEATURED AIRCRAFT: ROYAL NORWEGIAN AIR FORCE F-35s
SAFE SKIES: NATO AIR POLICING
ICELAND’S COAST GUARD MONITORS NEARBY AIRSPACE
WITH RADAR COVERING THE NORTH ATLANTIC
BUT ICELAND DOESN’T HAVE ITS OWN AIR FORCE
SO OTHER NATO ALLIES SEND FIGHTERS TO SAFEGUARD ICELANDIC SKIES
NORWAY SENT THE F-35 FOR ITS SECOND OPERATIONAL DEPLOYMENT IN 2021
THEY PATROLLED THE SKIES OVER AND AROUND ICELAND
HONING THEIR SKILLS IN EXTREME WEATHER
AND PROTECTING CRITICAL AIRSPACE
“Scavengers” by Stephen Daniel Lemaire
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