Constant reconnaissance supplies invaluable data to combat units

Autor: Nuala Casey and Oldrich Holecek

The soldiers from the 53rd Regiment of Reconnaissance and Electronic Warfare in Opava formed the core of the Ghost Hunters 2016 exercise which was held recently at the Libava training area.

A modular unit of Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR), and the 'enemy' unit comprised hundreds of soldiers from the 7th Mechanised Brigade, Air Force and the Czech Police to create real-life situations on the battlefield.

"The task of the ISR unit is to detect enemy combat vehicles, locate and identify the enemy, and determine their intentions. This is carried out by both the ground reconnaissance teams operating in the enemy area and the monitoring of radio and data traffic of the enemy‘s ground and air assets,“ said Colonel Josef Havlik, commander of the 53rd Regiment.

The training exercise also focused on the timely and accurate resupplying by helicopter of deployed forward detachments in order to provide continuous and reliable reconnaissance data to the commanders of the combat units.

"Since the ground groups are in a state of continuous deployment, the resupply coordination process by the Mil MI-24 helicopters is extremely important to the troops, and the whole exercise was carried out successfully," explained 1st Lieutenant Daniel Hansut, one of the ISR command staff.

To simulate and resolve a "clash" with adversaries, the 'friendly forces units' employed the Iveco Star V reconnaissance vehicle, the Iveco MPRS II radio interception, eavesdropping and location system, and the MBK mobile combat system and/or Raven drones. The 'enemy' units were represented by the Pandur armoured personnel carriers, the BMP-2 fighting vehicles, the Arthur radar systems, the Mil MI-24 helicopters, and the subsonic F-159 ALCA aircraft.

The information and data gathered provide valuable guidance and support for commander decision-making, more effective and successful armed responses, and protection of own forces.

June 8, 2016