The NATO exercise Air Defender 23 will take place over Europe over a period of twelve days. Up to 10,000 participants from 25 nations will take part in the Bundeswehr exercise.
Frankfurt – In the Air Defender 23 exercise, 25 NATO countries are practicing air operations with allied forces. Air Defender 23 is considered the largest deployment exercise of air forces since NATO was founded.
What is the goal of Air Defender 23?
The NATO exercise Air Defender 23 is intended to practice air operations with allied air forces. In particular, it is about optimizing and expanding the cooperation of the participating nations. "We want to show that we have good technology, that we want to prevent wars and that we are ready," U.S. Ambassador Amy Gutmann said at a press conference. The Bundeswehr exercise is not directed against anyone, as NATO is a defensive alliance.
When does the Air Defender 23 take place?
NATO's Air Defender 2023 exercise will take place from 12 to 23 June 2023. Air Defender was initiated by Germany in 2018. For this reason, the exercise is taking place under German leadership. Flight times depend on locations. Flying over the east practice room will take place between 10 a.m. and 14 p.m. The practice room south is reserved between 13 p.m. and 17 p.m., the practice room north from 16 p.m. to 20 p.m.
Which nations are participating in Air Defender 23?
A total of 25 nations are taking part in the NATO exercise. Joint response capabilities of the air forces in crisis situations are trained. From these 25 nations, 250 aircraft are flying the exercise. 100 aircraft come from US states and will be sent to Europe. Almost 23,10 soldiers are taking part in Air Defender 000.
In June, the NATO exercise Air Defender 23 will take place, mainly over Germany. © Nikito/Imago
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The nations participating in NATO's Air Defender 23 exercise are Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, the United States and the United Kingdom.
Where are the nations stationed at Air Defender 23?
The 25 partner nations will be stationed in Germany during Air Defender 2023. A large part of it is located just before the border with Denmark, in Schleswig/Hohn.
The 25 partner nations are stationed at Air Defender 23 at these locations:
Where do the Bundeswehr exercises of Air Defender 23 take place?
Air Defender 23 will take place mostly over Germany.
The missions are mainly launched from the following locations:
- Jagel/Hohn in Schleswig-Holstein
- Wunstorf in Lower Saxony
- Lechfeld in Bavaria
- Spangdahlem in Rhineland-Palatinate
- Volkel in the Netherlands
- Čáslav in the Czech Republic
All these areas have been used for aviation exercises for decades – mostly for routine training. The three main hubs at Air Defender 23 are Schleswig/Hohn, Wunstorf and Lechfeld.
Does Air Defender 23 cause aircraft noise?
The participating NATO nations will fly at Air Defender 23 at an altitude between 2500 and 15,000 meters. Refueling takes place between 3000 and 10,000 meters altitude. According to the Bundeswehr on its website, "the Air Force is trying to keep exposure to aircraft noise as low as possible, for example by using airspace corridors over sparsely populated areas."
Will Air Defender 23 cause flight cancellations and delays?
The burden on the population is to be kept as low as possible by Air Defender 23. This is one of the reasons why NATO exercises are time-delayed and never completed for more than four hours a day per exercise airspace. The processes are to be further optimized, which should minimize the impact on civil air traffic. As the Bundeswehr writes, there should be no flight cancellations and, at most, individual delays.