An estimated 300 people, 13 airplanes and helicopters and one patrol ship are currently participating in the two-day military exercise North Viking 2007, the first after a new defense agreement was reached between Iceland and the US last fall.
According to the agreement, such military exercises will now take place in Iceland annually, Morgunbladid reports.
Iceland’s air defenses will be tested by the Radar Center and the Coast Guard in Iceland in cooperation with crews of military jets from Norway, the US and other NATO member countries and the Danish patrol ship Triton.
Another part of the military exercise is aimed at testing Iceland’s defenses against terrorism in which 15 Icelandic special forces agents participate along with 50 other special forces agents from Denmark, Norway and Latvia.
US Air Force General William T. Hobbins told Morgunbladid that Icelandic radar supervision is very important for NATO.