Throughout train Ruska 21 going down throughout Finland from October 4 to 9, 2021, the Associate nation’s air drive will practice along with the Swedish Air Power aiming at sustaining and growing Finland’s air defence. The title of the train refers back to the “Ruska” season which is Finnish for “fall colors” or barely tailored “Indian summer season”. In complete, Ruska 21 will contain round 3,300 personnel, together with 1,500 reservists. The taking part plane can be assigned to both carry out air defence duties or simulate an adversary’s air drive.

“Ruska 21 is the Finnish Air Power’s foremost train in 2021, and an essential alternative for active-duty personnel, reservists and conscripts to coach techniques, strategies and procedures in follow. The train can also be a part of the Finnish-Swedish defence cooperation. It maintains and enhances the Air Power’s readiness to watch and safe Finnish airspace 24/7 all year long,” mentioned Finnish Air Power Colonel Timo Herranen, Ruska 21 Train Director. ”


A Finnish F/A-18 fighter jet throughout touchdown on a freeway in a earlier train. Archive picture by Finnish Air Power.

“Workouts equivalent to Ruska embody all the weather of an air operation keep and improve the Air Power’s readiness to execute demanding flight operations by making the most of the massive base community,” mentioned Colonel Herranen.

As per the Air Power’s cell operational idea, the plane will function out of a number of air bases throughout the nation together with civilian airports and freeway roads. Along with the Finnish F/A-18s, taking part plane embody Hawk jet trainers, Air Power transport and liaison plane, an Military NH90 transport helicopter and a Border Guard Dornier Do 228 patrol plane. Floor-based air defence items will even be part of the train. The Swedish Air Power will deploy JAS 39C/D Gripen multi-role fighters and an S-100D airborne early warning and management plane to the train.