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NORDIC STRIKE ~ US Army Swedish HIRAIN

A US Army M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System fires a rocket as part of NORDIC STRIKE 22 at Vidsel Test Range, Sweden [Anders Åberg Swedish Ministry of Defense]

US Army and Swedish Armed Forces build interoperability conducting a HIRAIN training and a live-fire during Exercise NORDIC STRIKE near Vidsel.

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Press Release , Wiesbaden, 27 September 2022: US Army Europe and Africa, along with Swedish Armed Forces and US Special Operations Command, conducted High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, Rapid Aerial Insertion (HIRAIN) training and a live fire exercise during NORDIC STRIKE 22, Sep. 27, near Vidsel, Sweden.

A US Army artillery battalion commander observes the landing of a US Air Force MC-130J carrying an M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System during NORDIC STRIKE 22 [US Army: Spc Dean Johnson]

NORDIC STRIKE 22 is designed to increase readiness, lethality, modernization, and interoperability by exercising US Army Europe and Africa’s ability to rapidly deploy long-range precision fires capabilities in coordination with our allies and partners and integrating joint fires in a multinational environment. US Army Europe and Africa units participating in NORDIC STRIKE 22 included the 2nd Multi-domain Task Force and the 41st Field Artillery Brigade under the command of the 56th Artillery Command. The HIMARS systems and personnel were rapidly deployed from Ramstein Air Base in Germany to Sweden utilizing C-130 aircraft and personnel with the US Air Force’s 352d Special Operations Wing based at RAF Mildenhall, UK. NORDIC STRIKE 22 is a critical opportunity for US conventional and Special Operations Forces to work together in a joint and combined training environment, enhancing interoperability and lethality.

A HIMARS crewmember dismounts an M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System during NORDIC STRIKE 22 at Vidsel Test Range, Sweden [US Army: Spc Dean Johnson]

The 56th Artillery Command was activated in 2021. The command plans and coordinates the employment of multi-domain fires and effects in support of US Army Europe and Africa and when designated, a Combined Force Land Component Command. US Army Europe and Africa is the Army service component command for both Europe and Africa. Its forward presence provides the US military with the strategic access vital to missions in both theatres.

A US Army M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System fires a rocket as part of NORDIC STRIKE 22 at Vidsel Test Range, Sweden [Anders Åberg Swedish Ministry of Defense]

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