“At the beginning of exercise Ramstein Dust II 21, which is the first after two years due to COVID-19 restrictions, the DACCC team of approx. 50 air surveillance and control experts are ready to showcase the special capability we offer to NATO,” said DACCC Deputy Commander, Brigadier General Christoph Pliet.
The goal is to operate our core tactical functionalities within allocated areas to train crisis and conflict procedures of NATO air operations
Having arrived at the port of Igoumenitsa, Greece, on board the Hellenic Navy Ship Rodos on March 25, the DACCC convoy continued the road movement to the deployed sites at Larissa and Chortiatis. Hellenic Air Force Staff assisted the NATO Combat Service Support team in unloading the trucks and preparing the build-up.
With the build-up of the site facilities complete and all systems connected, the Communication and Information System specialists and NATO Communication and Information Agency experts initiated first equipment tests and verified the live-radar
feed from Hellenic Air Force sources. As a final step, the team has run tests on the Air Command and Control System (ACCS) functionalities and connections to ensure the DARS is ready to conduct the mission.
“During our ten-day execution phase in mid-April, we will integrate our systems with Hellenic Air Force air surveillance and control systems and control Hellenic fighter training activities,” added General Pliet. “The goal is to operate our core tactical functionalities within allocated areas to train crisis and conflict procedures of NATO operations. The deployed Ground-Air-Ground radar coverage will feed a partial Recognised Air Picture into the DARS, which will in turn provide consolidated input to the NATO Air Surveillance and Control network via the Hellenic Control and Reporting Centre,” he concluded.
NATO has conducted the deployment and readiness exercise series Ramstein Dust since 2016 to train and demonstrate its ability to deploy the DARS to a remote site, establish operational capability and connect into Host Nation and NATO air command and control networks; the ability to deploy to another Nation in compliance with COVID restrictions further showcases the Alliance's resilience and ability to cooperate in demanding times.