A Look Back on French Air Force Participation in Trident Juncture 2018


From October 25 through November 7, 2018, four Mirage 2000s and 70 airmen participated in Trident Juncture 2018.

“ This major exercise of NATO has allowed the French pilots to develop their expertise in a context of multilateral cooperation and in extreme climatic conditions.”

“Located beyond the Arctic Circle, the Bodø air base hosted eight nations and their aircraft. Eurofighter, F-16s, Gripens, Mirage 2000s RDI and Tornado took off especially for three cycles – in the morning, afternoon and evening. The pilots were able to operate in the large air space over the sea of Norway or Sweden.”

According to a FAF fighter pilot involved in the exercise: “We are flying in missions with more than 50 aircraft which requires good coordination. Our challenge is to be able to operate in a combined operational environment both in the air and on the ground.”