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May 30 2022

Slovenia hosts tenth JTAC exercise Adriatic Strike

RAMSTEIN, Germany – From May 29 to Jun 3, the Republic of Slovenia will host the multi-national live-fly Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) exercise Adriatic Strike 2022 for the tenth consecutive time.   

The Slovenian Armed Forces will host around 650 participants from 25 Allied and Partner nations bringing a mix of fighters, helicopters and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to provide realistic and complex JTAC training.

In these past years, the exercise has grown in the number of participating countries in support of  multinational JTAC training. 
"I am proud and honoured that Slovenia and the Slovenian Armed Forces host the multinational exercise Adriatic Strike 2022 for the tenth time," said Colonel Janez Gaube, Commander 15th Wing, Slovenian Air Force. as21_toic1631-jtacs-2-0fyWP1
Multinational JTAC training is enhanced Allied interoperability in Close Air Support scenarios during exercise Adriatic Strike.
 Archive photo courtesy Slovenian Armed Forces.

"In these past years, the exercise has grown in the number of participating countries and air force capabilities, which support multinational JTAC training. The teams on the ground and crews in the air work hand in hand focusing on a common goal," he added.

The exercise overseen by the 15th Regiment of the Slovenian Air Force, will train certified joint fire controllers, UAV, fighter and helicopter crews, Special Forces, division commanders and joint fire planners this will all be brought together in a final continuous 72-hour mobile training serial.

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During exercise Adriatic Strike, JTACs on the ground coordinate weapons delivered by aerial platforms, such s the Slovenian PC-9 light fighter aircraft. Archive photo courtesy Slovenian Armed Forces.

Air-Land integration is vital for NATO's defensive and deterrent posture. For a decade, the international live-fly exercise Adriatic Strike has supported JTAC currency training ensuring they perform the mandatory live aircraft controls each year. Live training at the multinational level with different operators and platforms is essential for both aircrew and JTACs to maintain their currency which enhances air-land cooperation.

Story by Allied Air Command Public Affairs Office based on information provided by the Slovenian Armed Forces

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