[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][fusion_text]Trident Juncture 2015 (TJ15) is the largest NATO exercise since 2002 designed to ensure that NATO allies and partners can work together effectively. The exercise involves the NATO Command Structure and is organized in three Host Nations: Italy, Portugal and Spain. The exercise trains NATO’s ability to work with international organizations and NGOs to respond to crisis situations.
In the LIVEX from 21 Oct to 6 Nov, AIRCOM is leading the Air Domain of NATO’s most important LIVEX in decades. More than 200 aircraft from all NATO nations and 3 Partners will train across southern Europe.
As in every exercise and operation, Allied air forces are involved in both parts. A Joint Force Air Component at Poggio Renatico, Italy, will command and control operational air assets in a fictitious scenario. It will execute this mission in support of Joint Force Command Brunssum as they command and control joint forces and demonstrate the capabilities of the NATO Response Force (NRF) in planning, preparing, deploying and sustaining forces during non-Article V operations.
AIRCOM requested MCCE to support TJ15 with an AAR planner from the MCCE AAR Cell. From the Italian Joint Force Air Component (JFAC) a team of 3 AAR Planners is responsible for planning all AAR missions during the LIVEX.
During the LIVEX, air forces will be conducting tactical level training. More than 140 aircraft from Allies and Partners include Eurofighter/Typhoon, Tornado, F-16, F-18, L-159, Mirage 2000, JAS-39 Gripen, MV-22 tilt-rotor aircraft, C-130, C-160, and Casa C-295 transport aircraft with air-to-air refuelling aircraft including KC-130, A-310, A-330, KC-135, KC-767 and KDC-10, four early warning and control aircraft and of course several helicopters. The air assets will be based at Zaragoza, Albacete, Palma de Mallorca and several other locations in Spain. In Italy they will deploy to Trapani, Pisa, Decimomannu, Sigonella and several other locations in Italy, while in Portugal there will be at Beja and to a limited extent Monte Real.
TJ15 LIVEX is a joint exercise. Air assets will be used in support of army, maritime and special operations forces, conducting Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Close Air Support and troop transport missions. Personnel Recovery and Search and Rescue missions are also scheduled.
TJ15 LIVEX, underlines capabilities and interoperability among Allies and NATO Partners. Air provides highly professional technical enabling solutions for the NRF16 and shows enhanced readiness and flexibility.
MCCE AAR Cell coordinated the AAR support, which was necessary for the deployment and redeployment of the Swedish and the Finish fighters. The A-310 MRTT from Germany and the C-135FR tanker from the French supported the JAS-39 from Sweden and the F-18 from Finland. In the next video you see the French C-135FR refuel the 6 Swedish JAS-39.[/fusion_text][/fusion_builder_column][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][fusion_youtube id=”https://youtu.be/AghCoJvMRhM” width=”600″ height=”350″ autoplay=”yes” api_params=”” class=””/][/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]