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.”
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