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International Forces Participate in ‘Ample Strike’ Exercise in Czech Republic

By Wim Das, Kees Otten | September 14, 2018
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International armed forces participated in a live-fire exercise in the Czech Republic called Ample Strike Sept. 3 to 14.

Participating nations engaged in joint terminal attack controller (JTAC) training with 30 fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). An integral part of the exercise was developing capabilities for the Czech army to support foreign allied forces in the country. The exercise also aims to improve standardization and interoperability among NATO allies and partners.

This is the fifth year Czech Republic has hosted the exercise. Participants included 1,000 service members from the Czech armed forces and 200 participants from Belgium, Denmark, Croatia, Canada, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Latvia, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, the United Kingdom, the United States, Finland and Sweden, according to the Ample Strike Joint Media Information Centre.

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"Participating JTACs must traverse several miles of unfamiliar territory and utilize whatever weapons system is available for the day, on a target they’ve likely never seen before,” said stated Lt. Col. Edward Conner, KC-135R instructor pilot with the Nebraska Air National Guard, one of the U.S. participant units. “This training is very much like what happens real-world, in theater.”

Among the rotorcraft and drone assets, Slovenia provided a Mil Mi-17 and a UH-60M. The Netherlands provided an RQ-11 Raven UAS and the Czech Republic provided three Mi-24/35s and three Mi-171Ss.

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