One of Europe’s largest fighter jet exercises took place amid increasing military tensions in the Nordic and Baltic region. More than 100 aircraft and 4,000 people are participating in the two-week Arctic Challenge Exercise, which follows NATO submarine detection drills off the Norwegian coast this month.
The aerial maneuvers, hosted by Norway, a NATO member, include American F-16 fighter jets and military aircraft from Britain, Germany and France, accompanying non-NATO members Finland and Sweden.
Tensions have increased in the region since the Ukraine crisis. NATO is accusing Russian military aircraft of putting civilian flights at risk by bolstering the number of its military air patrols and having its planes fly with their transponders switched off.