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Mar 18 2022

ALLIED FIGHTERS STRENGTHEN AIR LAND COOPERATION DURING SABER STRIKE

RAMSTEIN, Germany - Belgian, Polish and Danish F-16s, alongside Royal Air Force Typhoons, have been taking part in a U.S. Army-led exercise, Saber Strike. 

Being part of exercise Saber Strike is a fantastic opportunity to refine our procedures with the Allies, not only from an aerial perspective, but also in a joint environment.

The Allied fighters joined land units in the Baltic Sea Region for Air-Land integration training. Working with Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTACs) from Allied and Partner nations, they performed Close Air Support serials enhancing the Alliance's ability to perform Multi-Domain operations.

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JTACs hugely benefit from live training with different operators and platforms. Photo courtesy Polish Air Force
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The Allied fighters joined land units in the Baltic Sea Region for Air-Land integration training. Photo courtesy Polish Air Force
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It is essential for both aircrew and JTACs to maintain their currency, which enhances air-land cooperation. Photo courtesy Polish Air Force

"Being part of exercise Saber Strike is a fantastic opportunity to refine our procedures with the Allies, not only from an aerial perspective, but also in a joint environment." said Maj. Pierre-Yves Libert, Detachment Commander for the Belgian detachment conducting the enhanced Air Policing mission.

JTACs hugely benefit from live training with different operators and platforms. It is essential for both aircrew and JTACs to maintain their currency, which enhances air-land cooperation.

This type of air-land integration supports NATO's enhanced Forward Presence multi-national battle groups that are hosted in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. These land forces supported by Allied air power regularly conduct exercises and vigilance activities that enhance the speed, responsiveness and flexibility of the Alliance. 

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 JTACs from Allied and Partner nations, performed Close Air Support serials enhancing the Alliance's ability to perform Multi-Domain operations. Photo courtesy Polish Air Force

Story by Allied Air Command Public Affairs Office

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