Office of the President of the Republic
Press release 23/2020
5 October 2020
President of the Republic of Finland Sauli Niinistö will inspect the Finnish Air Force and the Finnish Defence Intelligence Agency in Tikkakoski, Jyväskylä on Tuesday, 6 October 2020.
During the inspection, President Niinistö will be briefed on the activities and current issues of the Air Force and the Defence Intelligence Agency. The programme includes following the Ruska 20 air operations exercise as well as discussions with Defence Forces personnel and reservists participating in the exercise.
The Air Force is one of the three branches of the Defence Forces and it is responsible for Finland’s air defence and air operations. The Air Force’s main operating bases are Lapland Air Command in Rovaniemi, Karelia Air Command in Rissala, Satakunta Air Command in Pirkkala and the Air Force Academy in Tikkakoski. Ruska 20 is the largest exercise of the Finnish Air Force in 2020.
The Finnish Defence Intelligence Agency is a unit subordinate to the Defence Command and is responsible for gathering and analysing intelligence on the strategic military situation and the military activities of the neighbouring area. The Defence Intelligence Agency is mainly located in Helsinki and Jyväskylä.