Six NATO nations at the FLYING RHINO

Autor: Oldrich Holecek

The eighth in a row joint exercise of the Czech military and armed forces of the Great Britain FLYING RHINO takes place in the Czech Republic from 3 to 21 May 2010.


The goal of the exercise, in which also military personnel and equipment from Denmark, Lithuania, Slovakia and the United States participate, is first to train forward air controllers whose task is to home aircraft to ground targets and second to train coordination of life fires of artillery and air force.

The home base for the exercise is the 22nd Air Base at Namest nad Oslavou, while life fires will be performed at military training areas Brdy and Libava. Also air space of half of Czech administrative regions will be used by aircraft participating in the exercise.

More than 2,000 international and 1,000 Czech military personnel participate. The Czech personnel and equipment are from air bases at Namest nad Oslavou, Prerov, Caslav, Prague-Kbely take part as well as from units of he 25th Air Defence Missile Brigade based at Strakonice and from the 26th Air Command, Control and Surveillance Bridage based at Stará Boleslav.