Finland for the first time in decades blocked the route for the maneuvers of F / A-18 Hornet fighters

Finland closed one of the main highways for five days to give the Air Force fighters

forces to work out the execution of maneuvers.

What is known

Scandinavian country that has already appliedto join NATO with Sweden, has several highways for use in wartime. But the central track in the resort town of Joutsa, due to its importance, has not taken part in the exercise for several decades.

Nevertheless, the Finnish Air Force carried out preparations for the exercise and closed the motorway for five days. Old and new aircraft, including F/A-18 Hornet fighters, take part in the exercises.

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The Air Force conducts such eventsannually to test the possibility of quickly dispersing military aircraft throughout the country. For the exercises, which began on September 26, a section of the highway 2 km long was blocked. F / A-18 Hornet fighters practiced takeoff and landing on public roads, and the staff trained to conduct hot refueling of aircraft with the engines turned on.

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The Finnish Air Force is armed with more than 60F/A-18 Hornet fighters. At the same time, the government intends to purchase 64 fifth-generation F-35A Lightning fighters in the Block 4 modification in the amount of €8.4 billion. Deliveries will begin in 2026.