During previous exercises of comparable size, Norwegian farmers sustained damage from NATO tanks that amounted to the tens of thousands of kronor.
The Norwegian Armed Forces have warned of collateral damage during the upcoming NATO drill Trident Juncture, one of the largest in the country’s history, national broadcaster NRK reported. Everything from livestock to vehicles may be affected.
According to the military newspaper Forsvarets forum, damage is expected in the following areas: croplands, forests, roads, power and telecom installations, cars and pets (including chickens dying from high vibrations or larger animals becoming overly stressed by noise from the drills).
Hedmark farmer Erling Aas-Eng is also fearful that the damage may be extensive.
“It’s hard to imagine it’s not going to happen. In particular, we are worried because at this time of the year the ground isn’t frozen yet. Also, there are many countries participating, so communication may be lacking,” Erling Aas-Eng reported.
Last time NATO practiced in Norway, Norwegian farmers complained of damage and destruction inflicted by NATO tanks.
In 2014, farmer Lars Bryhni suffered major damage from tank tracks despite a previous agreement that his land wouldn’t be used in the exercise. Following the incident, he received NOK 75,000, only half of what he needed to settle the damage done to his property.