Ground air defence unit prepares for certification

Autor: Nuala Casey and Oldrich Holecek

From now until 2020, the soldiers of the Strakonice air defence regiment which forms the core element of the Ground Air Defence Task Force will be attached to the NATO Response Force Multinational Brigade headed by the German 9th Armour Division.

RBS-70 air defence squad at a firing range
RBS-70 air defence squad at a firing range

The Ground Air Defence Task Force comprises approximately 200 soldiers. It consists of an air defence missile battery, a support company and National Support Element. The unit also includes a complement of personnel and specialists from other Czech military units and installations.

"This year, the unit’s task is to provide ground air defence to the Multinational Task Force (TF) serving as part of the NATO Response Force, and from next year as part of the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) to deploy at short notice to deal with threats against NATO sovereignty and consisting of land brigades which operate as a rapid reinforcement capability" said Major Peter Rabinak, Commander of the unit.

The unit completed a 7-day training exercise last week; the second one this year. The goal is the same as usual; to prepare for the April examination, administered by NATO military officials, to test the unit’s combat capability. It is called the ‘Startassess’ and is part of the Tactical Evaluation (TACEVAL) test.

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By Nuala Casey and Oldrich Holecek

February 16, 2018