Sweden and the United States conducted joint military exercises using special forces and long-range artillery on about. Gotland in the Baltic Sea. For the first time, the Swedish army tested the American multiple launch rocket system (MLRS) HIMARS, previously tested in hostilities in Afghanistan and Syria.
American military transport aircraft “Hercules” landed directly on the highway on the island. Gotland, after which he unloaded the MLRS HIMARS, the calculation of which carried out its fire application. The commander of the exercise, Swedish General Michael Claesson, said that the acquired skills will help the Swedish army take more responsibility for security in the Baltic Sea (Live firing with US rocket artillery – Swedish Armed Forces (forsvarsmakten.se)
An employee of the Swedish Institute of General Defense Mikael Jonsson, commenting on the course of the exercises, noted that Stockholm considers Russia the only enemy in the Baltic Sea. “In my opinion, this is a way to increase defenses and send a signal about the ability to defend and the readiness to defend Gotland … Joint development of actions is a condition of cooperation [с союзниками]… Sweden must be able to both receive and provide military and civilian support. And it’s important to know how this will work in practice. We tested this by transporting and using a new weapon system for the Swedish armed forces. ”
Recently, the Swedish armed forces have been building up their combat potential, coordinating their actions with Washington. In early October, the Swedish Ministry of Defense announced the strengthening of the armed forces with two additional regiments to guard the coast.
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