Czech and American air defence personnel brace up for Exercise Tobruq Legacy

Autor: Nuala Casey, Oldrich Holecek

Prior to NATO's Air Defence Exercise Tobruq Legacy, which will be held at the Boletice Military Training Area from 22nd June - 4th July, personnel of the 26th Air Command, Control and Surveillance Regiment at Stara Boleslav, along with their American colleagues, have been testing the data transmission equipment used for the effective tracking of missiles to air targets.

Real-time exchange of data between Czech and American air defence units and interoperability with NATO data transmission standards formed the basis of the test.

The Czech Control and Reporting Centre at Stara Boleslav will then be capable of carrying out live fire surface-to-air missile training of the Hungarian, Lithuanian, Slovak and Czech systems at the Boletice Military Training Area during the upcoming exercise.

“The fire control system used by our 25th Air Defence Missile Regiment (based at Strakonice) has not, in the past, been able to work with other allied systems. Therefore, we integrated the American Link-16 data transmitter into the system which is now being operated by the Data Link Management Cell of our regiment,“ said Major Martin Novak, Deputy Chief of 261st Command and Control Centre based at Stara Boleslav.

The personnel of the U.S. 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command of the U.S. European Command have expedited the readiness of Czech operators to control live fire from the Czech and Lithuanian RBS-70, the Hungarian MISTRAL and the Slovak IGLA air defence systems.

April 20, 2015