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The airspace over southern and central Sweden will be filled with Jas 39 Gripen aircraft for ten days, starting today Monday.

The flight exercises will take place 24 hours a day.

full screen Swedish fighter, attack and reconnaissance plane Jas 39 Gripen. Photographic archives. Photo: Henrik Montgomery / TT

This is an extended air defense exercise, called LFÖ 22, which contains a so-called high conflict scenario, which means that defense is practiced in a fictitious way in a scenario where Sweden is exposed to an armed attack.

The Finnish Air Force also participates in the exercise, involving about 2,500 people.

The exercise is held in Såtenäs, Ronneby, Kalmar, Linköping and Uppsala. Other air bases may also be relevant, the Swedish military writes on its website.

Tight exercise around the Baltic Sea

At the same time, NATO is today launching an exercise in Estonia involving Sweden and 13 other countries with a total of 18,000 troops. The exercise has nothing to do with LFÖ 22. Sweden is also currently participating in an exercise in Poland.

– Spring is a very difficult time to train, says Therese Fagerstedt, Swedish military press officer at the TT.

fullscreenJas 39 Gripen And on a flight over Gotland the other day. Photo: Henrik Montgomery / TT

Following the exercise in Estonia, ships from several NATO countries sailed in the Baltic Sea. At the same time, the Swedish Navy is celebrating 500 years and Swedish ships are anchored in ports along the coast.

– There are a lot of ships in the Baltic Sea now, says Therese Fagerstedt.

ÖB: Long expected

On Monday afternoon, Swedish Commander-in-Chief Micael Bydén held a press conference. He was then asked if the ongoing military exercise had anything to do with the Swedish NATO message.

– Not directly. This is an exercise that we have planned for a longer period and it coincides with a political process. We practice against the kind of background we have now. We practice in relevant contexts, he replied.

– Over the past six months we have invested heavily in operations, operations and cutting edge initiatives in our immediate vicinity.

full screen Commander-in-Chief Micael Bydén during Monday’s press conference. Photo: Claudio Bresciani / TT