Not only down the enemy aircraft, but to deter him

Autor: Oldřich Holeček

Imposing no-fly zone and protection of own territory. Just the exercise of an air defence unit at the Military Training Area at Hradiste, Czech Republic.

The exercise goal is to master the skills of personnel of the 251st Air Defence Missile Battalion in deterring enemy aircraft which were represented by L-159 ALCA from the 21st Tactical Air Force Base.

A one-week exercise aims at refreshing knowledge and skills of soldiers from one battery of the missile battalion. Under the command of Deputy Battalion Commander Major Alan Dubovy, a hundred of the battery soldiers improve their search, identification and “downing enemy aircraft“ using radars, control center and upgraded missile launcher 2K 12 KUB.

“It is the ´evergreen conflict´ between attacking aircraft and a defending unit, because the air defence is not only about downing the aircraft but predominantly about deterring aircraft to attack in case its pilot knows the aiming beam hits and tracks his machine,“ Lieutenant Colonel Petr Prskavec, battalion commander, says.

The similar exercise will be held at the Hradiste training area next week with participation of the second battery of the same battalion.

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Posted: March 11, 2011