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 Mar 17 2021

NATO conducts air control drills with Hungarian, Slovenian and Croation control centres

TORREJÓN, Spain – Combined Air Operations Centre (CAOC) Torrejón oversees synthetic air exercise involving Croatian, Hungarian and Slovenian Control and Reporting Centres (CRCs).

CAOC Torrejón and its Southeastern CRCs executed Exercise TORREJÓN ARCHER on March 17, 2021. The aim of the exercise is to train and enhance integration of CAOC Torrejón’ Static Air Defence Centre with all Southern Region CRCs in Air Policing scenarios with a secondary aim to balance experience across crews inside the Static Air Defence Centre. 

We practice to improve our procedures to better accomplish our Air Policing mission for protecting the NATO Airspace
 

Simulated scenarios were prepared for the exercise, such as a lost link with an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle or a bomb threat or a hi-jacked aircraft to practice and challenge the staff’s capabilities to conduct simultaneous Air Policing operations within CAOC Torrejón’s Area of Functional Responsibility. 

“All these synthetic events have been perfectly managed; each event triggered different reactions and procedures of cooperation among the CAOC and the CRCs,” said Lieutenant General Fernando de la Cruz, Commander CAOC Torrejón. “We practice the coordination and the flow of information among Allies to improve our procedures in order to better accomplish our Air Policing mission for protecting the NATO Airspace,” he added. 

Since 2017, the Torrejón ARCHER exercise series has been comprised of four individual events. Designed as an annual synthetic air event it aims at implementing established peacetime Air Policing procedures within the various regions of CAOC Torrejón Air Policing Area extending south of the Alps.

CAOC Torrejón is located northeast of Madrid, Spain; together with its sister CAOC at Uedem, Germany, its primary mission is to assure 24/7 air space security by conducting Air Policing missions in a collective effort with all Allies.

Story by Allied Air Command Public Affairs Office

Air Controllers in the Hungarian Control and Reporting Centre near Veszprem worked synthetic scenarios with NATO's Combined Air Operation Centre at Torrejón, Spain and neighbouring Allied CRCs in Croatia and Slovenia. Archive picture courtesy Hungarian Air Force.
Croatian Air Controllers in the Croatian Control and Reporting Centre near Zagreb tested and practised important links as well as tactics, techniques and procedures to ensure NATO Air Policing in the northern Balkans. Archive picture courtesy Croatian Air Force.
Slovenian Air Controllers at the Control and Reporting Centre near Ljubljana also took part in the air control drills with CAOC Torrejón. On a 24/7 basis they are rady to control Italian and Hungarian fighter aircraft patrolling and securing the Slovenian airspace. Archive picture courtesy Slovenian Air Force.

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