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International JTAC/FAC exercise Adriatic Strike 2016 closes

The Slovenia-led multinational Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTAC) exercise Adriatic Strike 2016 closes today, 11 June 2016, after a successful week of joint Air-Land integration training.

For the fifth consecutive time, the Slovenian Armed Forces together with eight Allies and two Partner nations and provided realistic training scenarios involving controlling fire support from the air to assist commanders on the ground.

This year’s exercise, which was organised and conducted by the Slovenian Air Force 15th Wing Command, was aimed at training certified JTACs, shooting platform teams, company commanders and Forward Air Controllers (FACs). For the first time, the exercise involved the NATO deployable air command and control capability – the DARS – from Poggio Renatico, Italy, which executed mission control of live-flying aircraft.

Adriatic Strike 2016 was conducted at six different locations around Slovenia. Helicopters from Slovenia, Slovakia as well as NATO Partners Austria and Montenegro as well as fixed wing aircraft from Slovenia, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, the United States of America, and Partner Austria provided fire support flying out of Cerklje ob Krki Air Base in Slovenia or from respective home bases.

The basic mission of JTACs and FACs is to provide the commander in the field with advice on the use of air and other types of fire support (sea, mortar, artillery) and also to control those operations. They provide continual air support and also provide comprehensive protection of their forces.

The JTAC and FAC capability is an important asset of Allied joint operations. These specialists need constant challenging training events to maintain their skills that they will need to perform as and when required in real-world situations. With Adriatic Strike 2016 over, another opportunity for the community to train at a multinational inter-Allied level is the Czech-led exercise Ample Strike 2016, that will take place in the southern region of the Czech Republic from 30 August to 20 September 2016.

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