Collaborating for stronger defense

EU-US military exercises have increased in recent years. Taking place on EU soil, these exercises allow for more interoperability between countries on both sides of the Atlantic and their respective systems, while also strengthening communication and network compatibility between forces.

AURORA2017

TOBRUQ LEGACY2017

objective

AURORA
2017

A national exercise to build a stronger defense and increase the overall capability to face an attack on Sweden. Aurora 17 was the first armed forces exercise, and the biggest national exercise in Sweden, in more than 20 years.

TOBRUQ LEGACY
2017

An opportunity to improve the level of interoperability of multinational Surface-Based Air (SBAD) and Missile Defense systems. In its third year, Tobruq Legacy 2017 is the largest SBAD exercise in NATO.

PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES

AURORA

norway

Norway

sweden

Sweden

usa

USA

denmark

Denmark

Estonia

Estonia

France

France

Finland

Finland

Lithuania

Lithuania

TOBRUQ LEGACY

USA

USA

Germany

Germany

Romania

Romania

Netherlands

Netherlands

Poland

Poland

Czech Republic

Czech Republic

Slovenia

Slovenia

Hungary

Hungary

Lithuania

Lithuania

UK

UK

Canada

Canada

Latvia

Latvia

Slovakia

Slovakia

NUMBER OF TROOPS

AURORA

Swedish

19 000

International

1500

USA

1000

TOBRUQ LEGACY

Personnel

2200

Romanians

250

TERRITORY OF EXERCISES

  • Stockholm
  • Gothenburg
  • Hagshult

    Air Base

    Air defense exercise, focused on island defense and Swedish-Finnish mutual coast defense

  • Visby & Halmstead

    Air defense exercise against American attack helicopters

    Gained experience against sophisticated attack systems of different complexities

  • Camp Säve

    Formation area for the French and American air defense units, in cooperation with Sweden

  • Skövde

    Location of training between US National Guard company and its Swedish host unit, Skaraborg’s Regiment

  • Gotland

    Air defense exercise, centered on civil-military cooperation

    Practiced operational transport for the defense of Gotland where equipment and troops were shipped to the island by both air and sea

    Focused on civilian response and rescue alongside continued military response via air defense

    Technology used included Patriot Air & Missile Defense system, simulating a response to counter air attack

  • Germany

    Udem - NATO’s Combined Air Operations Centre (CAOC)

    Introduce & implement NATO standards, doctrines and tactics to take the exercise to the next level

    During TL17, tested and validated the connectivity and integration of NATO Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) platforms and SBAD forces.

  • Romania

    Capu Midia Training Area

    Location for one of two live firing phases

    Participants practiced target acquisitions procedures, planning and dislocating SBAD units for Air Defense Operations

    Technology used included Patriot Air & Missile Defense system, Stinger & Avenger systems, and the MIM-2000 Hawk system.

    Mihail Kogălniceanu Air Base

    One of the three Surface-Based Air Defense Operations Centers, which allow for the integration of different types of defense systems and multinational cooperation

    During TL17, tasked with generating a Recognized Air Picture (RAP) and transmitting it to NATO Allied Air Command (AIRCOM)

    Commanded and controlled by US battalion

    Also the location for opening & closing ceremonies

  • Czech Republic

    Hradiště Military Training Area

    One of the three Surface-Based Air Defense Operations Centers, which allow for the integration of different types of defense systems and multinational cooperation

    During TL17, tasked with generating a Recognized Air Picture (RAP) and transmitting it to NATO Allied Air Command (AIRCOM)

    Commanded and controlled by Czech battalion

    Náměšt’ Air Base

    Strakonice

  • Lithuania

    Šiauliai Base, Lithuania

    One of the three Surface-Based Air Defense Operations Centers, which allow for the integration of different types of defense systems and multinational cooperation

    During TL17, tasked with generating a Recognized Air Picture (RAP) and transmitting it to NATO Allied Air Command (AIRCOM)

    Commanded and controlled by Lithuanian battalion

    Location for one of two live firing phases

    Technology used included the Patriot Air & Missile Defense system

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

AURORA

  • Improved Sweden’s preparedness and civilian-military cooperation in response to a military attack
  • Enhanced countries’ understanding of one another’s military structures, processes, and tools
  • Encouraged sharing of best practices between participants
  • Strengthened Sweden’s ability to respond to complex attacks

TOBRUQ LEGACY

  • Increased interoperability between air & missile defense systems across multiple countries
  • Strengthened coordination and cooperation between participating country forces
  • Improved data gathering and information sharing between countries for more informed decision-making during defense scenarios
  • Created a common understanding of NATO procedures