Arctic Warrior Experiment

The Arctic Warrior Experiment (AWE) explores new solutions to increase warfighters’ capabilities in cold weather operations.The event is organized by The Special Operations Research and Development (SORD) project at FFI and the Norwegian Special Operations Command (NORSOCOM).

About AWE

The AWE is a technical experiment (TE) modeled after US SOCOMs TE. The main purpose of this event is to challenge industry and the research community to develop new concepts and military equipment that increase the winter warfighters’ capabilities in an Arctic environment.

Another important purpose is to enable SOF warfighters from US, UK, CAN, AUS, NZ, SWE, DK and FIN to share experiences, discuss concepts and participate in experiments and demonstrations of new arctic capabilities.

There will be no AWE in 2024. A new round is planned tentatively February 2025 and more information will be available on this page. 

Vinterkledte soldater poserer foran snøskuter med nordlys på himmelen bak
Soldiers from Telemark Battalion during exercise Joint Viking 2017.