USA and Denmark prepare for joint military exercises on Bornholm with SM-6 missiles

Joint exercises between the USA and Denmark using the SM-6 missile system are scheduled on the island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea, with a focus on convoy protection

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On September 18th, on the island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea, joint military exercises between the U.S. Navy in Europe and the Armed Forces of Denmark will commence.

The main emphasis will be on the use of the modern container launch setup of the SM-6 missile. This missile system is known for its ability to intercept aerial threats, including ballistic missiles in their terminal phase of flight.

Its unique design allows for precise strikes on both stationary and moving targets on land and at sea.

The containerized format of the SM-6 launch system provides enhanced operational flexibility for the U.S. Navy, allowing for rapid deployment and use under various conditions.


NATO prepares for its largest exercise "Steadfast Defender"

In 2024, NATO plans to conduct large-scale military exercises that will be the largest since the Cold War. Named "Steadfast Defender", these maneuvers are aimed at practicing actions in the face of a potential threat from Russia. Over 40,000 Alliance troops are expected to participate in this event.

The main goal of the exercises is to simulate possible actions against a hypothetical adversary led by a coalition under Russian leadership. As part of "Steadfast Defender", between 500 and 700 air sorties are planned, involving over 50 ships and mobilizing around 41,000 troops.

What makes these exercises particularly interesting is their realism. They will be based on the latest technologies and current geographical data. Moreover, the participation of Sweden, a country that is not yet a NATO member due to objections by Turkey and Hungary, adds additional intrigue.

The locations for the exercises were carefully chosen: Germany, Poland, and the Baltic states. This reflects NATO's new strategy of conducting two major exercises a year instead of just one as in the past.


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