The Deployable Air Command and Control Center’s Recognized Air Picture
Production Centre and Sensor Fusion Post – called DARS—welcomed many
high ranking visitors to its deployed compound in Lielvarde, Latvia Nov.
17 to witness the final
operational stage of Exercise Ramstein Dust II 2015. The Distinguished
Visitor event marked the near completion of the month-long exercise,
designed to test the DARS in an operational setting. DARS provides NATO
with tactical air command and control capabilities
for deployable operations.
LIELVARDE AIR BASE, Latvia – The Deployable Air Command and Control Center’s (DACCC) Recognized Air
Picture Production Centre and Sensor Fusion Post – called DARS—welcomed many
high ranking visitors to its deployed compound here Nov. 17 to witness the
final stages of Exercise Ramstein Dust II 2015 (RADT-II 15).
The Distinguished Visitor (DV) event marked the near completion of the
month-long exercise, designed to test the DARS in an operational setting as a
final requirement before receiving a Full Operational Capability (FOC) rating. Collocated with Headquarters Allied Rapid
Reaction Corps (ARRC), undertaking their ARRCADE FUSION 2015 exercise, the
combined event hosted no less than 40 DVs.
Welcoming the DVs, Brig. Gen. Roberto DiMarco, Deputy
Commander DACCC, spoke about the importance of the exercise and the day’s event.
"On behalf of Allied Air Command, I am pleased to be here
today as their representative, illustrating to you the importance of DARS as a
unit, part of the Deployable Air Command and Control Centre, Poggio Renatico,
Italy,” General DiMarco said. "Despite the cold, Fall weather, clearly our
personnel are completing the exercise mission of Ramstein Dust II 2015, and I
am very pleased with the successes they have had during their time in Latvia.”
DARS Director, Col. Klaus Nolte, in addressing the DVs, described
possibilities for the integration of land components with DARS as an example
for future missions.
"Ramstein Dust II 2015 gives DARS the opportunity to connect
with ARRC. At this point, it is just to
provide real life support, but there is no doubt that our capabilities could
extend to assisting in the air portion of any major operation and land
campaign,” Colonel Nolte explained.
The exercise further highlighted the vital role DARS plays
for all Services of NATO: providing tactical air command and control
capabilities for deployable operations at the tactical level.
Although the operational phase of RADT-II 15 concludes, the
exercise itself will not finish until the DARS returns to its base at Poggio
Renatico, Northern Italy on Nov. 27. As
a configurable unit, deployable to virtually anywhere in the world, all
equipment must be carefully stored for the 2500 km road journey home. Although the pace of the exercise continues,
indications point to successful accomplishment of all objectives. Once labelled FOC, the DARS will serve as
NATO’s readily-deployable command and control system, available wherever and
whenever NATO operations demand.