A detestable feature, little other than a State Department or NATO press release, but useful for the connection made if nothing else.
Arms Control Today
NATO, Russia Conduct Simultaneous Nuclear Exercises
NATO kicked off its annual nuclear exercise, dubbed Steadfast Noon, in mid-October, and Russia launched its scheduled Grom strategic nuclear exercises about a week later. The exercises heightened tensions more than usual this year….
A Belgian F-16 jet fighter was among the weapons systems that participated in NATO’s annual nuclear exercise, called Steadfast Noon, in mid-October….NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Oct. 11 rejected the prospect of canceling the “routine training” of Steadfast Noon, saying doing so would send “a very wrong signal.”
The Steadfast Noon exercise involved 14 of NATO’s 30 members and up to 60 tactical nuclear fighter jets and surveillance aircraft in Europe, with Belgium’s Kleine Brogel Air Base serving as home base. U.S. officials noted in a very rare disclosure that some B-52H strategic bombers from U.S. Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota also participated.
The flights are intended to practice delivering U.S. B61 nuclear gravity bombs….The exercise will include flights over Belgium, the United Kingdom, and the North Sea….The NATO exercise lasted two weeks, starting Oct. 17.
The Grom, or Thunder, exercise began Oct. 26….The Russian exercises usually feature the deployment of strategic nuclear systems; launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles, as well as systems such as new hypersonic weapons; and large-scale military troop maneuvers.