International military exercise Adriatic Strike 2018
Between 3 and 9 June, the Republic of Slovenia will host the multinational exercise Adriatic Strike 2018 for the seventh consecutive time. In the exercise, the Slovenian Armed Forces will collaborate with other NATO and PfP member states to provide Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) training with the support of air force capabilities.
This year's exercise, which will be organized and conducted by the SAF’s 15th Wing Command, will train certified JTACs, shooting platform teams, company commanders and Forward Air Controllers (FACs). For the second time, the exercise will include members of the Deployable Air Command and Control Centre from Poggio Renatico, Italy, which forms a part of the Allied Air Command structure.
Some 700 participants will be present, 350 of them from Albania, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain and the USA. Jordan, Swiss and Turkey will participate as observers. JTAC training will be supported by the following air force capabilities:
– Bell 206, Slovenia
– Bell 412, Slovenia
– Cougar AS AL 532, Slovenia and Albania
– SA 341 Gazela, Montenegro
– Mi 8/17, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*.
– Pilatus PC-9, Slovenia and Croatia
– Pilatus PC-7, Austria
– Aero L-159, Czech Republic
– Aero L-39, Nederland
– AMX, Italy
– Lear Jet, Germany
– SAAB JAS 39 Gripen, Hungary
– F-16, USA – National Guard Colorado
The aircrafts supporting JTAC training will be based at the Cerklje ob Krki and Brnik Air Bases, while allied Pilatus PC-9 - Croatia, AMX – Italy and SAAB JAS 39 Gripen - Hungary aircrafts will support the exercise from their parent bases.
JTAC training will be conducted at six different locations around Slovenia. At the main SAF training range Postojna, aircraft, tanks and guns will provide fire support, while in the wider surroundings of Korošica, Primožev pri Kočevju and in the municipalities of Celje, Črnomelj and Trbovlje, aircraft will only simulate air support.
In order to ensure safety as well as safe and continuous air traffic, occasional daily airspace closures will apply over training grounds (9.00 – 12.00 and 14.00 – 23.00). A large part of the activities will be conducted during daylight hours.
Field activities will follow a pre-prepared scenario. They will generally not be disturbing to the surroundings, since only a small number of military vehicles and personnel will be engaged. The use of manoeuvre ammunition will be minimal and, during their movement with vehicles, exercise participants will use public roads and metalled forest roads. Some 20-30 soldiers will be present daily at each of the individual working points.
The basic mission of JTACs is to provide the commander in the field with an advice on the use of air and other types of fire support (sea, mortar, artillery). JTACs advise the commander on the proper use of fire support and control the operations once conducted. In the field, they provide continuous air support in the form of reconnaissance, convoy escorting and control of the surroundings so as to provide comprehensive protection of their own forces.
The ceremony marking the beginning of Adriatic Strike 2018 will be conducted within the Open Day of the Jernej Molan Barracks on Sunday, 3 June, at 12.00 at the Cerklje ob Krki airfield.
*Turkey recognizes the Republic of Macedonia with its constitutional name.