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NORDIC RESPONSE ~ Finnish and Swedish Armoured Units

Finnish and Swedish COLD RESPONSE participants [© NATO Multimedia]

Days after Sweden became NATO’s 32nd ally, Finnish and Swedish armoured units crossed into Norway as part of Exercise NORDIC RESPONSE 24.

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Finnish Army tanks and Swedish Army mechanised infantry have charged into Norway for Exercise NORDIC RESPONSE 2024, showing NATO’s ability to rapidly move forces across Allied borders.

During a demonstration for the media, Finnish Leopard 2 tanks and Swedish CV-90 infantry fighting vehicles crossed from Finland into Norway at Kivilompolo, roughly 140 kilometres south of Alta, where NATO forces have massed for the exercise. The crossing came days after Sweden officially joined NATO, becoming the Alliance’s 32nd member. The Finnish and Swedish units will now move north, locking their simulated adversary in a pincer manoeuvre as Allied amphibious units push south from Alta.

Exercise NORDIC RESPONSE gathers 20,000 troops from 13 NATO Allies in northern Norway to train together in the harsh arctic environment. It’s part of STEADFAST DEFENDER 2024, NATO’s biggest exercise in decades.

COLD RESPONSE 2024 armour [© NATO Multimedia]

This NATO Multimedia footage, filmed on Saturday 9th, includes shots of Finnish and Swedish units during the demonstration, as well as interviews with Swedish Minister of Defence Pål Jonson and Finnish Army Chief of Staff Major General Jukka Jokinen.

Shot list:-

  • 00:00 ~ Finnish Leopard 2 tanks moving up road into Norway, firing on simulated enemy
  • 00:34 ~ Swedish Army infantry firing from behind cover with CV-90 Infantry Fighting Vehicle supporting
  • 00:40 ~ Swedish infantry at media day
  • 00:52 ~ Norwegian infantry at media day
  • 00:59 ~ Soundbite – Swedish Minister of Defence Pål Jonson
  • 01:29 ~ Soundbite – Swedish Minister of Defence Pål Jonson
  • 02:15 ~ Soundbite – Finnish Army Chief of Staff Major General Jukka Jokinen
  • 02:46 ~ Soundbite – Finnish Army Chief of Staff Major General Jukka Jokinen

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