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A Swedish JAS Gripen lands in Iceland to join the Air Meet. Photo Louise Levin / Swedish Armed Forces

03 Feb. 2014

NATO flies with partners over Iceland for first time

Fighter jets from NATO and partner countries began to conduct a wide range of air defence-related flying activities over Iceland on Monday (3 February 2014), in the first event of its kind to be held on the island.

The Iceland Air Meet 2014 (IAM2014) brings together participants from NATO members Iceland, Norway, the Netherlands and the United States, and from partner countries Finland and Sweden, supported by NATO AWACS.  

This is a further step forward in NATO’s excellent cooperation with Finland and Sweden: the first time that we have flown together over Iceland,” NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said.

The ability to operate with countries from beyond the Alliance is one of NATO’s core capabilities. The training event, which comes in the context of Nordic defence cooperation (NORDEFCO), reinforces that ability.   

The activities covered by IAM2014 will include air combat training between dissimilar aircraft types, counter-air operations and high-value airborne asset attack and protection.

Thanks to this training event, our pilots, ground crews and fighter controllers will be better trained, more experienced, and better able to deploy and operate together, if needed,” the Secretary General said.

Norway, Finland and Sweden are sending fighter aircraft and support aircraft to the meet. The United States and the Netherlands are providing air-to-air refuelling assets, while Iceland is providing host nation support, including Search and Rescue capabilities.

NATO is coordinating the event through its combined air operations centre (CAOC) in Uedem, Germany. Norway is providing the training director for the event. The Finnish and Swedish aircraft are under his operational control.

IAM2014 takes advantage of Norway’s concurrent deployment to Iceland to conduct NATO’s mission to provide airborne surveillance and interception capabilities to meet Iceland’s peacetime preparedness needs. However, IAM2014 is separate and distinct from that mission, which is only ever conducted by NATO Allies.

NATO jets train with Nordic partners

21 Feb. 2014

For three weeks NATO Allies have been training air defence flying in Iceland together with first-time participants Sweden and Finland.

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Iceland Air Meet 2014 14. Jan. 2014 NH90 helicopters being transferred to Iceland by land and sea for the air-defence flying training event Iceland Air Meet 2014. 
Iceland Air Meet 2014 16. Jan. 2014 NH90 helicopters being transferred to Iceland by land and sea for the air-defence flying training event Iceland Air Meet 2014. 
Iceland Air Meet 2014 16. Jan. 2014 NH90 helicopters being transferred to Iceland by land and sea for the air-defence flying training event Iceland Air Meet 2014. 
Iceland Air Meet 2014 16. Jan. 2014 NH90 helicopters being transferred to Iceland by land and sea for the air-defence flying training event Iceland Air Meet 2014. 
Iceland Air Meet 2014 16. Jan. 2014 NH90 helicopters being transferred to Iceland by land and sea for the air-defence flying training event Iceland Air Meet 2014. 
Iceland Air Meet 2014 16. Jan. 2014 NH90 helicopters being transferred to Iceland by land and sea for the air-defence flying training event Iceland Air Meet 2014. 
Iceland Air Meet 2014 27. Jan. 2014 F16 jet fighters participating in the air-defence flying training event Iceland Air Meet 2014. 
Iceland Air Meet 2014 27. Jan. 2014 F16 jet fighters participating in the air-defence flying training event Iceland Air Meet 2014. 
Iceland Air Meet 2014 27. Jan. 2014 F16 jet fighters participating in the air-defence flying training event Iceland Air Meet 2014. 
Iceland Air Meet 2014 27. Jan. 2014 F16 jet fighters participating in the air-defence flying training event Iceland Air Meet 2014. 
Iceland Air Meet 2014 27. Jan. 2014 F16 jet fighters participating in the air-defence flying training event Iceland Air Meet 2014. 
Iceland Air Meet 2014 16. Jan. 2014 NH90 helicopters being transferred to Iceland by land and sea for the air-defence flying training event Iceland Air Meet 2014. 
Iceland Air Meet 2014 31. Jan. 2014 Four F-18 Hornets of the Finnish Air Force on their way to the Iceland Air Meet 2014 
Iceland Air Meet 2014 01. Feb. 2014 Rescue exercise with NH90 helicopter 
Iceland Air Meet 2014 01. Feb. 2014 Rescue exercise with NH90 helicopter 
Iceland Air Meet 2014 05. Feb. 2014 Finnish Air Force F-18 Hornet participating in the air-defence flying training event Iceland Air Meet 2014 
Iceland Air Meet 2014 05. Feb. 2014 Finnish Air Force F-18 Hornet participating in the air-defence flying training event Iceland Air Meet 2014 
Iceland Air Meet 2014 05. Feb. 2014 Finnish Air Force F-18 Hornet participating in the air-defence flying training event Iceland Air Meet 2014 
Iceland Air Meet 2014 12. Feb. 2014 Finnish Air Force F-18 Hornets participating in the air-defence flying training event Iceland Air Meet 2014 
Iceland Air Meet 2014 12. Feb. 2014 Finnish Air Force F-18 Hornets participating in the air-defence flying training event Iceland Air Meet 2014 
Iceland Air Meet 2014 12. Feb. 2014 A Finnish F-18 Hornet, a Swedish JAS 39 Gripen and a Norwegian F-16  
Iceland Air Meet 2014 13. Feb. 2014 Rescue exercise with NH90 helicopter 
Iceland Air Meet 2014 13. Feb. 2014 Rescue exercise with NH90 helicopter 
Iceland Air Meet 2014 A Swedish JAS 39 Gripen (left), a Norwegian F-16 and a Finnish F/A-18 Hornet participating in the air-defence flying training event Iceland Air Meet 2014 
Iceland Air Meet 2014 A Swedish JAS 39 Gripen (back), a Norwegian F-16 (centre) and a Finnish F/A-18 Hornet (front) participating in the air-defence flying training event Iceland Air Meet 2014 
Iceland Air Meet 2014 A Swedish JAS 39 Gripen (left), a Norwegian F-16 and a Finnish F/A-18 Hornet participating in the air-defence flying training event Iceland Air Meet 2014 
Iceland Air Meet 2014 14. Feb. 2014 Swedish Air Force JAS 39 Gripen participating in the air-defence flying training event Iceland Air Meet 2014 
Iceland Air Meet 2014 14. Feb. 2014 Finnish Air Force F-18 Hornet participating in the air-defence flying training event Iceland Air Meet 2014 
Iceland Air Meet 2014 14. Feb. 2014 Norwegian F-16 participating in the air-defence flying training event Iceland Air Meet 2014 
Iceland Air Meet 2014 14. Feb. 2014 A Swedish JAS 39 Gripen (right), a Norwegian F-16 (left) and a Finnish F-18 Hornet participating in the air-defence flying training event Iceland Air Meet 2014 
Iceland Air Meet 2014 08. May. 2012 Two Swedish JAS 39 Gripen (front and back), a Finnish F/A-18 Hornet and a Norwegian F-16 and a Finnish F/A-18 Hornet participating in the air-defence flying training event Iceland Air Meet 2014 
Iceland Air Meet 2014 08. May. 2012 Two Swedish JAS 39 Gripen (front and back), a Finnish F/A-18 Hornet and a Norwegian F-16 and a Finnish F/A-18 Hornet participating in the air-defence flying training event Iceland Air Meet 2014 
Iceland Air Meet 2014 27. Jan. 2014 Air-to-air refueling of a Norwegian Norwegian F-16 by a US KC-135R refueling tanker during the air-defence flying training event Iceland Air Meet 2014 
Iceland Air Meet 2014 27. Jan. 2014 Air-to-air refueling of a Norwegian Norwegian F-16 by a US KC-135R refueling tanker during the air-defence flying training event Iceland Air Meet 2014 
Iceland Air Meet 2014 27. Jan. 2014 Air-to-air refueling of a Norwegian Norwegian F-16 by a US KC-135R refueling tanker during the air-defence flying training event Iceland Air Meet 2014 
Iceland Air Meet 2014 27. Jan. 2014 Air-to-air refueling of a Norwegian Norwegian F-16 by a US KC-135R refueling tanker during the air-defence flying training event Iceland Air Meet 2014 
Iceland Air Meet 2014 07. Feb. 2014 Norwegian F-16s participating in the air-defence flying training event Iceland Air Meet 2014 
Iceland Air Meet 2014 10. Feb. 2014 Norwegian F-16 participating in the air-defence flying training event Iceland Air Meet 2014 
Iceland Air Meet 2014 10. Feb. 2014 Air-to-air refueling of a Norwegian Norwegian F-16 by a US KC-135R refueling tanker during the air-defence flying training event Iceland Air Meet 2014  
Iceland Air Meet 2014 10. Feb. 2014 Air-to-air refueling of a Norwegian Norwegian F-16 by a US KC-135R refueling tanker during the air-defence flying training event Iceland Air Meet 2014  
Iceland Air Meet 2014 10. Feb. 2014 Finnish F/A-18 Hornet participating in the air-defence flying training event Iceland Air Meet 2014 
Iceland Air Meet 2014 10. Feb. 2014 Norwegian F-16 participating in the air-defence flying training event Iceland Air Meet 2014 
Iceland Air Meet 2014 A Swedish JAS 39 Gripen (left), a Norwegian F-16 and a Finnish F/A-18 Hornet participating in the air-defence flying training event Iceland Air Meet 2014 
Iceland Air Meet 2014 A Swedish JAS 39 Gripen (left), a Norwegian F-16 and a Finnish F/A-18 Hornet participating in the air-defence flying training event Iceland Air Meet 2014 
Iceland Air Meet 2014 A Swedish JAS 39 Gripen (back), a Norwegian F-16 (centre) and a Finnish F/A-18 Hornet (front) participating in the air-defence flying training event Iceland Air Meet 2014