Thirteen Allies are participating in NATO’s annual nuclear deterrence exercise Steadfast Noon, a long-planned, routine training activity that is hosted by a different NATO Ally each year. This year, training flights are taking place over Italy, Croatia and the Mediterranean Sea.
Sixty aircraft of various types including advanced fighter jets and US B-52 bombers, as well as conventional jets, surveillance aircraft and refuelling aircraft from Allied air forces are taking part in the exercise to test NATO’s nuclear deterrent.
The manoeuvres involve aircraft capable of carrying nuclear warheads but do not involve any live bombs.
The exercise runs from 16 to 26 October 2023.