From September 3rd to September 14th, the international live-fly and live-firing exercise Ample Strike 2018 will take place in five different training areas across the Czech Republic.

According to NATO, approximately 1,000 service members from the Czech Armed Forces will host 200 international participants from 18 Allies and Partner nations (Belgium, Denmark, Croatia, Canada, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Latvia, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, the United Kingdom and the United States as well as Finland and Sweden).

The participants will be engaged in realistic training for Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) teams going through complex drills in Air-Land-Integration scenarios. Besides the opportunity to maintain critical JTAC skill sets and capabilities, one major aspect during Ample Strike 2018 will again be the support from aerial platforms that will fly in for the exercise.

More than 30 aircraft, helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles from nine Allies will simulate Close Air Support assets that JTACs are to call in to assist Army commanders on the ground.

“The Ample Strike exercise series earned considerable credit in the past,” said Czech Air Force Colonel Zdenek Gabriel, the exercise director said in a release.

“Our aim is to offer complex live-fire simulations and demanding scenarios based on extant NATO standards,” he added.

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