Exercise RAMSTEIN LEGACY is designed to enhance the “Integrated Air and Missile Defence capabilities” of NATO.

According to the British Army here, Britain’s contribution to the exercise includes nearly 100 soldiers from the 7th Air Defence Group at Amari airbase, Estonia and Ustka, Poland, who operate Stormer vehicles armed with the Starstreak High velocity anti-aircraft missile.

Colonel Graham Taylor, Commander, 7th Air Defence Group (7 AD G), was quoted as saying:

“Ramstein Legacy is really important. It’s a build-up of NATO exercises that have been taking place over the past 5-6 years. It is an opportunity for all the NATO air defence countries to get together and to exercise integrated Air and Missile Defence.”

The British Army say that 7 AD G is a formation of the British Army consisting of 2 regular regiments and one reserve regiment.

“It is the British Army’s Air Defence Capability which is also responsible for detecting, identifying, and tracking aircraft in support of UK Operations.

12 Regiment Royal Artillery is equipped with short range Air Defence, the high velocity Stormer missile system.

16 Regiment Royal Artillery have recently taken over Sky Sabre, the new world class medium range air defence capability which replaced Rapier.

106 (Yeomanry) Regiment Royal Artillery are the British Army’s only reserve anti warfare regiment.”

Colonel Taylor added:

“The more you can exercise and operate with your NATO partners the better. So, whether it is basic human integration levels or technical or procedural levels it just provides that opportunity to get out, to get deployed and to go through those doctrines and standard Operating Procedures. It is Important to realise that this exercise was planned over two years ago so is not a reaction to the Russian’s invasion of Ukraine, this was always going to be scheduled. It heightens everybody’s focus and strengthens the importance of this activity at this stage and in this part of the world.”

You can read more on this here.

George has a degree in Cyber Security from Glasgow Caledonian University and has a keen interest in naval and cyber security matters and has appeared on national radio and television to discuss current events. He also works for the NHS. George is on Twitter at @geoallison
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Monkey spanker
Monkey spanker
1 month ago

Very good. All this practicing and operating together is what makes forces excellent at their job.
I do like the stormer. A great little vehicle. Could do with a modern one to undertake some roles. A CVRT with 2022 technology.

Last edited 1 month ago by Monkey spanker
Mr Bell
Mr Bell
30 days ago
Reply to  Monkey spanker

Agree. Scrap Ajax in the scout/ recon role. Far to massive. A zippy compact hull able to mount a multitude of weapons is needed. Could get away without massive armour if it was equipped with APS?/ trophy?

Graham Moore
Graham Moore
24 days ago
Reply to  Mr Bell

Recce vehicles don’t need a multitude of weapons. We conduct recce by stealth not recce by fighting. Need sufficient self-defence capability.
However if you know double-hat your recce veh as a strike vehicle (bad idea) that’s another story.

Marked
Marked
1 month ago

“106 (Yeomanry) Regiment Royal Artillery are the British Army’s only reserve anti warfare regiment.”

Might as well cut them then, they’ll be no bloody use if the balloon goes up. Bloody pacifists.

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
1 month ago
Reply to  Marked

I’m sorry? Why?

Bob.
Bob.
1 month ago

Lol. Guessing that should have read “Anti-air warfare?”

Marked
Marked
1 month ago

Try reading the quote carefully… the reason is there…

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
1 month ago
Reply to  Marked

😆👍

Bob.
Bob.
1 month ago

Sorry, my reply was meant for Marked. It appears disrespectful addressed to you, which was not my intent.

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
1 month ago
Reply to  Bob.

Didn’t take it that way Bob, now I’ve spotted it it’s hillarious.
Are they a part of Corbyns “Kumbaya” squad?

Spyinthesky
Spyinthesky
1 month ago

It’s a joke based around ‘anti war’ took me a few seconds to get it. Should have probably gone on to state now it’s badge bears a remarkable similarity to the VW logo and that they are based just outside Aldermaston to get the full effect.

Nicholas
Nicholas
1 month ago
Reply to  Marked

This balloon you speak of, does it have VLS?

Heidfirst
Heidfirst
30 days ago
Reply to  Marked

Is this them?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0dWo31hwpI
Totally non-PC of course …

Bob
Bob
30 days ago
Reply to  Marked

All they are saying man, is like “give peace a chance” for £100m per year.

Ian M
Ian M
1 month ago

The headline makes it sound like there was 1 HUGE missile!
Sorry George, can’t resist.😉

Terence Patrick Hewett
Terence Patrick Hewett
1 month ago

OT: According to Reuters, UK and Japan are close to merging Tempest and F-X fighter programmes to form a new joint project by the years end. Reuters cites three sources.

RobW
RobW
30 days ago

I just read that too. It would make perfect sense, particularly as we have already agreed to jointly develop the engines. Spreads the development cost and may actually mean it happens, which has always been the concern given budget constraints.

Ian
Ian
30 days ago

They’ll need to come up with a joint commercial entity to oversee development. I’m thinking Weyland-Yutani Corporation…

dan
dan
30 days ago

NATO needs more medium range mobile SAMs.

Mr Bell
Mr Bell
30 days ago
Reply to  dan

We just need more land ceptor full stop. Although starstreak will be effective against in the short range role. Lots of downed Russian Helos and drones attributed to that already.

Quentin D63
Quentin D63
30 days ago
Reply to  Mr Bell

They might need a Turbo CAMM or even a Hypersonic CAMM shortly too. Mach 3, could be a tad slow…lol.
Beats me why the launcher MANN 8X8 truck only has 8 CAMM while the smaller MANN 4×4 truck has 12 CAMM!? Like to see a container/flat rack/trailer CAMM with 15 CAMM/CAMM-ER developed similar configure to the Iron Dome.

Supportive Bloke
Supportive Bloke
30 days ago
Reply to  Quentin D63

Really against all of the amazing weapons that we have seen in action so far?

I’d focus on just using CAMM-ER and getting more sets and then as stage two using a fused data link to get data in from there platforms and not just depending on the Giraffe radar.

I wouldn’t be too surprised if we saw a CAMM2 project to push the speeds to Mach 4 – the basic package is pretty good and I would guess that Mach 3 is an understatement and so it is probably more like Mach 3.5 anyway.

Gunbuster
Gunbuster
26 days ago

It gets other systems data already. Its sent through the Rafael supplied command system which can use inputs from outside of the Sky sabre system. So you can take say Iron Dome or Patriot surveillance feeds

Andrew D
Andrew D
30 days ago
Reply to  Mr Bell

👍

Graham b
Graham b
17 days ago

Please stop using words like huge or massive in your reports.

To be huge you need tens of complete battalions /regiments. This would have been small scale in the past but is more than the entire Nato SAM capability.

By misusing words like huge and massive for single squadron national contributions, you reinforce the fallacy that the current force sizes are adequate.