Norwegian police are warning of large fines for anyone caught sending drones or other aicraft into the area of central Norway where a huge NATO exercise is due to begin next week. A no-drone zone has been set up from Rena and Trysil in the south nearly to the coast across from Hitra in the northwest.
The NATO exercises that involve as many as 50,000 soldiers from all NATO countries plus several others will include helicopters flying at low elevations but high speed. “Drones are extremely difficult for us to see and therefore pose a threat,” Brigidier Rolf Folland, chief of the air defense inspectorate for the Norwegian defense department, told state broadcaster NRK.
Around 150 aircraft and more than 60 helicopters will be taking part in the NATO exercise called Trident Juncture, with airspace to be closed over their training areas as well. The exercise runs from October 25 to November 7,
Anyone violating the restrictions on air space can be hit with a fine of NOK 20,000 (USD 2,500). Material violating the air space can also be seized. “Actual fines will be based on a concrete evaluation in each case,” Elisabeth Rise of the state police directorate told NRK.