In 2026, Finland will for the first time deploy F-35 fighters in the area of the city of Rovaniemi, which lies on the Arctic Circle.
Source: Lapland Air Command, Ukrinform
Literally: “We are ready! The Air Force F-35 fleet will be put into service for the first time at the Lapland Air Force in Rovaniemi in 2026.”
For reference. Rovaniemi is the administrative center of Lapland.
What came before: Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu assured that in the near future the Russian Federation would form new military units in the west of the country in response to the intention of Sweden and Finland to join NATO.
Recall: On May 18, Finland officially applied for NATO membership.