Iceland (Air Policing)

The Czech Republic deployed five SAAB 39C Gripen supersonic aircraft to Iceland to defend the air space of the NATO country for nine weeks.

ACR Task Force for the Air Policing over Iceland - 2014


Both Chambers of the Czech Parliament passed the resolution enabling to deploy five SAAB 39C Gripen supersonic aircraft, and up to 75 personnel to the Keflavik Air Base, Iceland, to participate in the Airborne Surveillance and Interception to meet Capabilities Iceland´s Peacetime Preparedness (ASICIPPN).

Four aircraft were used for direct service, the fifth aircraft was the back-up machine.

Iceland Air Policing 2014


  • October - December 2014


  • Colonel Martin Nezbeda
    (Commander of 21st Air Wing of the 21st Tactical Air Force Base in Caslav, Czech Republic


The advance party arrived in the Keflavik Air Base on 3rd October followed by personnel and material Colonel Martin Nezbedatransported by CASA aircraft on 6th October. The five SAAB 39C Gripen supersonics arrived after four-and-half-hour flight from their home base in Caslav, the Czech Republic, with two in-flight refuellings provided by Italian tanker KC-767, on Friday 10th October 2014.

All five aircraft returned back to their home base in Caslav on 4th December 2014.

NATO Command:

Colonel Martin Nezbeda, the ASICIPPN Commander, reports to the Combined Air Operations Centre, Uedem, Germany. The pilots fulfil their missions within the NATO Integrated Air and Missile Defence System, the same as in the Czech Republic. The aircraft are equipped with short-range air-to-air infrared guided missiles and cannons. The core of the personnel is formed by soldiers of the 21st Tactical Air Force Base in Caslav.

Last update: December 5, 2014