Nato's ground-based air defence units complete Tobruq Legacy 2017


Ground-based air defence units from ten Nato member countries have successfully completed Tobruq Legacy 2017, an exercise designed to improve cooperation and interoperability in airspace protection.

The exercise took place across Lithuania, the Czech Republic and Romania between 11 and 22 July.

It witnessed the participation of approximately 2,200 personnel from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, the UK, and the US.

Participating troops were trained in joint air command and control structures, as well as defensive operations within the European airspace.

"One of the main goals of the exercise is to improve the reactions and response time of the units in performing ground air defence tasks within a multinational task force."

Czech Republic exercises leader Lieutenant Colonel Jaroslav Daverny said: "One of the main goals of the exercise is to improve the reactions and response time of the units in performing ground air defence tasks within a multinational task force, as well as increasing the level of interoperability between coalition units during a combined air defence operation.”

More than 500 soldiers from six Nato countries trained out of the Hradiste Military Training Area, the Namest Air Base and Strakonice, where the 25th Air Defence Missile Regiment is located.

The Czechs and Lithuanians trained with the RBS-70 and S-10M air defence systems, while the Americans employed the AVENGER, the Slovaks used the IGLA, and the Hungarians used MISTRAL systems.

The ‘enemy’ was represented by the Czech SAAB-39 Gripen and L-159 ALCA fighters, the Czech Mil Mi-24 and American AH-64 Apache helicopters.


Image: Czech soldiers preparing to launch a missile from an RBS-70 air defence system. Photo: courtesy of CPT Jana Samcova.