NATO continues to guard the airspace above Iceland as Royal Danish Air Pressure F-16 fighters deploy to Keflavik Air Base to organize and conduct Air Policing missions with the Icelandic Coast Guard. Starting August 17, Danish F-16s will likely be flying Air Policing sorties type Keflavik Air Base managed by the NATO Management and Reporting Centre at Keflavik and NATO’s northern Mixed Air Operations Centre (CAOC) at Uedem, Germany. This fifth deployment of Denmark fighter plane underscores the continuity and sustainability of the Allied mission in Iceland.

“For the third time in 2022, the CAOC workforce has performed the certification of NATO fighters to conduct Air Policing within the Excessive North above Iceland. The Royal Danish Air Pressure F-16 detachment have demonstrated once more that they grasp the techniques, strategies and procedures to safeguard the skies. They’re now on standby till mid-September and work with the strategically necessary NATO Ally. Firmly tied into the enduring and confirmed built-in air and missile defence structure, the Royal Danish Air Pressure along with the Icelandic Coast Guard showcase deterrence and defence of the Alliance,” stated Colonel Wilhelm Might, German Air Pressure, lead of the CAOC certification workforce.

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Royal Danish Air Pressure F-16 taking off at Keflavik Air Base, Iceland, now able to conduct the enduring Air Policing mission right here. (Picture by Royal Danish Air Pressure)

Whereas deployed, the Allied jets are stored prepared and will be launched for Air Policing sorties by the CAOC. Given its geographical location, Allies, along side the Icelandic authorities, have agreed that the suitable association to assist preserve Icelandic airspace protected and safe is to keep up a periodic presence of NATO fighter plane primarily based at NATO’s Keflavik Air Base. The main focus of the peacetime mission is to hold out routine flying coaching and workouts for the Alliance to fulfill Iceland’s necessities and desires to remain ready, to watch and to handle its airspace in peacetime.

The Royal Danish Air Pressure purchased a complete of 77 F-16A/B plane in 2 main batches and a pair of attrition alternative orders. Of those, 48 plane and 14 spares, all upgraded to MLU commonplace, will stay operational till 2020-2025 when they are going to be changed by the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The first air-intercept weapon carried by RDAF F-16A/B’s is the AIM-9L Sidewinder. With the modernization of the Danish F-16s to MLU requirements, additionally different weapon programs have been launched on the fleet. In addition to the acquisition of some LANTIRN pods, additionally LGB weapons have been acquired consisting in GBU-12 and GBU-24 weapons. Denmark was the primary of the 4 EPAF international locations to buy the GBU-31 JDAM for its F-16 fleet.

Royal Danish Air Force F-16 Fighters Begin NATO Air Policing in Iceland
Royal Danish Air Pressure F-16 fighter jets arrived in Keflavik, Iceland, in mid-August and can safeguard the NATO Airspace within the Excessive North for 4 weeks. (Picture by Royal Danish Air Pressure)