Nato Air Meet 2000At Air Station Karup (Denmark) NATO HQ AIRNORTH organized it's bi-yearly Nato Air Meet from August 28 to September 7.
Official purpose of NAM 2000This year's NATO Air Meet (NAM 2000) will take place at Karup Air Station, Denmark, between 28 August and 7 September. With the number of aircraft involved, especially fighters, NAM 2000 will be one of the largest air exercises held within the NATO structure and definitely one of the largest exercises to be conducted from one air base. Situated near the centre of the Jutland peninsula, Karup Air Station is one of the very few air bases in Northern Europe that has the capacity to host such a large-scale exercise.
During NAM 2000, Karup Air Station will host up to 94 fighter aircraft, 3 electronic warfare aircraft and a E-3 Sentry airborne early warning aircraft. The aim of NAM 2000 is to provide aircrews with live tactical flying, increase the proficiency and level of interoperability between nations and help aircrews develop new ideas and enhance flying tactics. These objectives will be met through a series of realistic training exercises carried out in a challenging environment with the entire operation being subjected to extensive analysis and subsequent evaluation.
There will be one mission per day and this will be flown as composite air operations (COMAO) and will involve as many as 60 aircraft in a one-mission package. "An aircraft constellation" that will include fighter and fighter-bomber aircraft, suppression of enemy air defence (SEAD) aircraft, fighter escort, electronic warfare aircraft and tanker aircraft. However, the nature of the individual missions, varies a lot, i.e. offensive counter-air (OCA), air interdiction (AI), defensive counter air (DCA), tactical air support maritime operations (TASMO), air-to-air refuelling (AAR) or radar air interception (RAI). This will ensure that all aircrews involved will receive extensive training within their respective field of operation and through the co-operation with other aircrews needed to make such missions successful. The target areas include the Oksbøl range in the south-western part of Jutland, the Skagerak, northern Germany and southern Norway. This is also the reason why NAM 2000 can truly be described as an international exercise.
Text taken from the NAM 2000 website
An example of a mission plane for NAM 2000.
NAM 2000 links
Danish Air Force
Air Station Karup
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