Cleared hot in Czechia

NATO’s largest Joint Terminal Attack Controller exercise took place in the Czech Republic recently. Alan Warnes was there.

Exercise Report

Ample Strike

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Arizona ANG F-16C Block 32 86-0296 ‘AZ’ lifts off the Náměšť runway in full afterburner. A Czech Mi-17 is seen in the background, in front of the tower.
Timm Ziegenthaler
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Two RAF No 100 Squadron Hawk T1As – XX303 ‘CR’ and XX321 ‘CI’ – deployed to Čáslav in late August. They spent the first week participating in Exercise Central Hawk, working with locally based Gripens and L-159s in air combat scenarios. They joined AMSE in the second week.
All photos Alan Warnes unless stated

For two weeks in September, the Vzdušné síly Armády České republiky (VzS AČR, Air Component of the Army of the Czech Republic) hosted Europe’s biggest Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) manoeuvres. The Ample Strike Exercise (AMSE) involved more than 300 international participants from 18 allied and partner nations as well as 900 service personnel from the Czech military.

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