Ruska 2020 exercise
On Monday 28 September 2020, the Ruska 20 exercise, training for air defence tasks under emergency conditions, started in Finland. The emphasis of the exercise is on readiness, training reservists, and cooperation of the Ilmavoimat (Finnish Air Force) with the Flygvapnet (Swedish Air Force).
This year, the emphasis is on training the reservists of the Lapland Air Command and Air Force Academy. A year ago, the Ruska 19 exercise focused on training the reservists of the Karelia Air Command and Satakunta Air Command. The purpose of the rotation is to maintain readiness and enhance the reservists’ know-how in all Air Force units.
During the first phase of the exercise from 28 September to 1 October 2020, the bases in Rovaniemi, Tikkakoski, Kajaani, Halli and Oulu will be used. From 2 to 6 October 2020, the defending unit will operate also from Kuopio, Seinäjoki, Kokkola-Pietarsaari, Vaasa, Pudasjärvi and Kuusamo airfields. The exercise involves more than 60 aircraft and around 4,800 personnel, including 2,500 reservists.
During the second phase of the exercise, the Gripen detachment -Norrbottens Flygflottilj F21 from Luleå/Kallax (Sweden)- operating out of Rovaniemi Air Base integrate with the defending unit. Another Gripen detachment, also operating out of Luleå/Kallax, will act as adversary together with the Finnish Hornets and Hawks flying from Oulu.