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"Defending our territorial integrity": the Finnish Air Force showed flights in the Arctic

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In Finland, training flights of fighter aviation in arctic conditions. As part of the exercise, the Hornets practiced night air combat with potential enemy aircraft.


The darkness and conditions in the Arctic create challenging conditions for working both on land and in the air. I have seen excellent training and [professional] growth rates, especially among the young F / A-18 Hornet pilots.

- said Tomi Iikkanen, commander of the 11th Fighter Squadron of the Finnish Air Force, based in the Lapland region.

As explained in the command, Arctic flights allow you to effectively carry out the main task entrusted to the Air Force - "to protect the territorial integrity of Finland and ensure its protection at any time of the day or year."

The Finnish Air Force is armed with a fighter fleet, represented exclusively by Hornets: it includes 55 F / A-18C units and 7 combat training F / A-18D Hornets. In addition, attack aircraft includes 32 Hawk light attack aircraft of British origin that have undergone modernization (the first flight took place in 1974).

Hawks are expected to last six decades until the late 2030s

- the country's Air Force command hopes.


Photos used:
https://twitter.com/finnishairforce
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  1. Vladimir_2U
    Vladimir_2U 27 January 2021 08: 23
    +6
    "To defend the territorial integrity of Finland and to ensure its protection at any time of the day or year"
    Someone is encroaching?
    1. Vladimir61
      Vladimir61 27 January 2021 08: 29
      +3
      Quote: Vladimir_2U
      Someone is encroaching?

      On May 22, 1949, James Forrestal threw open the hospital window on the 16th floor and with a frightened cry: “The Russians are coming, the Russians are coming! They everywhere! I saw Russian soldiers! " - flew down to meet death.
      United States Secretary of the Navy and First United States Secretary of Defense (September 17, 1947 - March 28, 1949)
      1. Zoldat_A
        Zoldat_A 27 January 2021 08: 30
        +2
        Quote: Vladimir61
        Quote: Vladimir_2U
        Someone is encroaching?

        On May 22, 1949, James Forrestal threw open the hospital window on the 16th floor and with a frightened cry: “The Russians are coming, the Russians are coming! They everywhere! I saw Russian soldiers! " - flew down to meet death.

      2. Vladimir_2U
        Vladimir_2U 27 January 2021 08: 32
        +1
        I thought that the Norwegians could show their teeth to the Finns, before the "Belomorkanal", they were not particularly shy about plundering Soviet Russia. So "it's not easy without a revolver in the village." )))
    2. Aerodrome
      Aerodrome 27 January 2021 08: 29
      +3
      deck "hornets" why the heck finam? (from the photo) a northern country, undoubtedly, like any other, should protect its borders, but there is a nuance ... Russia has not gotten flattened, it has enough of its own problems. Listen to mattress makers less, sleep better!
      1. Vladimir_2U
        Vladimir_2U 27 January 2021 08: 33
        +5
        Quote: Aerodrome
        deck hornets fuck finam

        F / A-18 is quite a versatile aircraft, Australia and Canada will not let you lie.
    3. Far B
      Far B 27 January 2021 08: 31
      +4
      Always wondering - why the hell are the Finns in the Arctic club? Petsamo (Pechenga) area, I remember, they have long ago ...
      1. Crowe
        Crowe 27 January 2021 08: 49
        +11
        It has long been not only the countries "bordering on the Arctic (Russia, the USA, Canada, Denmark, Norway) claim its wealth. As soon as the matter is gradually approaching the division of the colossal natural wealth of the Arctic, nothing else can be expected. The line of applicants for the Arctic region about two dozen more states have lined up: Great Britain, Germany, Iceland, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Finland, France, Sweden, including China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, India, Singapore, far from the Arctic. on Svalbard. So soon there will be "whoever got up first, that and the slippers." Therefore, it is necessary to strengthen there in every possible way, so that tomorrow it will not be too late ..
        1. Far B
          Far B 27 January 2021 08: 59
          +2
          lay claim to her wealth
          Claiming is one thing. Poland in the inter-war period also claimed colonies, sent the demand to the League of Nations. But the Arctic Club includes only countries that have access to the Arctic Ocean, but Finland is there from the very beginning. It is not clear, panimyou
    4. dauria
      dauria 27 January 2021 08: 32
      0
      Someone is encroaching?

      And who encroaches on France? Or anyone with combat aircraft? By the way, an interesting fact. During World War II, the Finns had the largest number of fighter aces per capita. It happens the same.
      1. Vladimir_2U
        Vladimir_2U 27 January 2021 08: 35
        0
        Quote: dauria
        During World War II, the Finns had the largest number of fighter aces per capita. It happens the same.
        Competent use of guerrilla tactics with aviation specificity.
      2. Ka-52
        Ka-52 27 January 2021 08: 51
        +2
        During World War II, the Finns had the largest number of fighter aces per capita. It happens the same.

        they even know how to lie better than the Germans. Therefore, they shot snipers for +2 souls in 800 months, and the pilots knocked out as many enemy aircraft as they were not even in the Red Army Air Force, which took part in the war))
        1. voyaka uh
          voyaka uh 27 January 2021 13: 22
          0
          "The number of killed Soviet soldiers was taken into account from the words of the sniper himself and when confirmed by comrades, only those killed were counted for sure. It was not taken into account when several snipers shot at one target. According to the testimony of Robert Brantberg (Fin.), In one day only December 21 In 1939, Hayuha shot a record 25 Soviet soldiers [3]. "
          1. Ka-52
            Ka-52 28 January 2021 04: 17
            +2
            warrior, do not believe these fables. These stories were analyzed in detail and the lies of the Finns have already become a household name among military historians
        2. Vladimir_2U
          Vladimir_2U 28 January 2021 03: 29
          0
          Quote: Ka-52
          they know how to lie better even than the Germans

          Not without this, but it is precisely the "hit and run" tactics, in aviation, "boom-zoom" allows you to shoot a personal score and at the same time drain the dominance in the sky. As far as I remember, the Finns could not disrupt a single air raid.
    5. Pereira
      Pereira 27 January 2021 08: 36
      +1
      Someone is encroaching?

      Swedes?
    6. Ryaruav
      Ryaruav 27 January 2021 18: 49
      -2
      and you invite all small countries to disarm at once and you personally will become their guarantor ha ha ha
    7. frruc
      frruc 27 January 2021 18: 58
      +1
      In Finland, training flights of fighter aircraft took place in arctic conditions.

      Most likely flights are carried out from a / b Rovaniemi in Lapland.
  2. Zoldat_A
    Zoldat_A 27 January 2021 08: 25
    +3
    "To defend the territorial integrity of Finland and to ensure its protection at any time of the day or year"
    Are they afraid that Russia will drag them back to the Empire? Come on already ...
    It's time to calm down. Or is the Tribal Virus so contagious?
    1. cniza
      cniza 27 January 2021 09: 27
      +1
      This is how they show European solidarity, or rather they think that they are showing this ...
  3. Slipper 2
    Slipper 2 27 January 2021 08: 28
    +2
    they are Chukhonts, and in the Arctic are Chukhonts ... whoever jerks against Russia will pay with territories, it was, it is and it will be soldier
  4. Mykhalych
    Mykhalych 27 January 2021 08: 29
    +1
    «Hawks "is expected to last six decades, until the end of the 2030s- and someone dares to talk about something to the Russian Air Force ... tongue
  5. Maki maki
    Maki maki 27 January 2021 08: 43
    +18
    Yes, let them train. The owner is a gentleman, otherwise why would you need aviation?
  6. dmmyak40
    dmmyak40 27 January 2021 08: 57
    +2
    Who can tell you why the consoles were raised on the ground? The wind will loosen the knot. Or is there a locking mechanism?
  7. 7,62h54
    7,62h54 27 January 2021 09: 28
    0
    Finland is not included in the Arctic countries, what should she do there with her planes.
  8. tralflot1832
    tralflot1832 27 January 2021 09: 28
    +2
    And from what side the Finns are the Arctic, they even have no outlet to the Barents Sea! The Pechenga region is Russian forever. They have not really answered for the crimes in the Second World War!
  9. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 27 January 2021 10: 10
    +1
    "To defend the territorial integrity of Finland and to ensure its protection at any time of the day or year"
    Understanding perfectly well that no one encroaches on this integrity. They are learning, well, okay, because pilots must fly, tankers must drive and shoot, ships must navigate seas and oceans ...
  10. Dzafdet
    Dzafdet 27 January 2021 10: 26
    -1
    These clowns hope to repeat the 1939 war. No, dates, don't repeat. first they will hit you with tactical nuclear weapons, and only then they will finish off. To Swedes and Norwegians to read and twist ...
  11. Lord of the Sith
    Lord of the Sith 27 January 2021 13: 25
    -1
    And why the hell do the Finns have deck F / A-18Cs?
  12. Rufat
    Rufat 27 January 2021 15: 14
    -4
    We must shoot down all planes, regardless of whose country they belong.
  13. uncle Vlad
    uncle Vlad 27 January 2021 21: 45
    0
    Explain how Finnish flights at night differ from flights at night in the Emirates .. The peculiarity is -45 to 9 km. It is everywhere, although the gradient is calculated from the surface temperature
    1. Vladimir_2U
      Vladimir_2U 28 January 2021 03: 30
      0
      The flight begins at the airfield, agree.
  14. Ham
    Ham 28 January 2021 17: 15
    0
    Finnish generals have to prove that they are also needed and do not eat their bread with caviar in vain ...
    and yes ... "more gold is needed!";)