Iceland (Air Surveillance) - 7-8/2015

The Czech Republic deployed four SAAB 39C Gripen aircraft (fifth as a reserve) from the 21st Tactical Air Force Base Caslav to provide air defence coverage over territory and waters of Iceland.

ASICIPPN II Task Force, 2015, Iceland

Iceland Air Surveillance 2015


On 3 June 2015, the Government of the Czech Republic endorsed deployment of up to 70 service personnel and direct engagement of four SAAB 39C Gripen aircraft in providing defence coverage to a NATO nation which does not have own military forces. The Czech Republic answered an urgent requirement raised by NATO. According to the original roster, the airspace of Iceland was to be policed by the Canadian Air Force, but it at present contributes to operations against the Islamic State.


  • 20 July to 29 August 2015
Colonel Martin Nezbeda


  • Keflavik Airport

Commanding Officer:

  • Colonel Martin Nezbeda
    (Deputy Commander of the 21st Tactical Air Force Base)

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  • The aircraft are on duty with the NATO Integrated Air and Missile Defence System (NATINAMDS). The Czech Gripens in Iceland are under direct operational control of the fighter duty officer of the Combined Air Operations Centre (CAOC) Uedem, Germany.
  • On Iceland, the aircraft are armed in the same way as in the QRA system in the Czech Republic: with short range heat seeking missiles and a cannon.
  • The Task Force predominantly comprises service personnel of the 21st Tactical Air Force Base based in Caslav.


The 21st TAFB flight and ground personnel provided airspace defence coverage to the Baltic States of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia in the form of air policing in four-month tours in 2009 and 2012; in 2014, they protected the airspace of the Republic of Iceland.

Last update: August 29, 2015