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Fighter Aircraft Training to Close Key Thoroughfare in Finland

A Finnish Air Force F/A-18 Hornet takes part in the Baana 22 exercise.

A Finnish Air Force F/A-18 Hornet takes part in the Baana 22 exercise.

Source: Finnish Air Force

A military exercise in Finland is set to close a stretch of one of the country’s biggest roads for almost a week as the Nordic NATO invitee displays its defenses.

The national road 4, a key thoroughfare connecting Helsinki in the south with Finland’s northernmost parts will be closed on a 5-kilometer (3-mile) section on Sunday, sending cars and trucks to a country-road detour that will add an hour to travel times until the end of September. The air force will build a temporary base on the road to practice fighter jet take-offs and landings, including participation from Finland’s F/A-18 Hornets.