Slovenia hosts JTAC combined arms warfare exercise

NATO member states are conducting Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) exercises in Slovenia as part of Adriatic Strike 2023, simulating air-ground integration scenarios and the coordination of air and ground operations.

Led by the host country, the exercise is in its eleventh iteration and has used manned rotary platforms as well as manned and unmanned platforms in the air and armored vehicles, mortars and artillery on the ground.

However, weather conditions limited the participation of fast jets and rotary platforms, which were grounded due to torrential rain.

“The weather is what it is,” said Colonel Janez Gaube, Commander of the Slovenian Air Force and director of Adriatic Strike 2023. “We still manage to achieve the training objectives of the participants.”

The exercise was conducted across multiple lines from the strategic section to the tactical platoon level, supported by digital communications and command and control elements.

Understanding Combined Arms

The doctrine of battlefield combined arms warfare, while well understood in NATO circles, requires ongoing training to ensure that the multiple elements required for such ranges are able to be controlled and controlled in alignment with a strategic overarching target.

One of the linchpins for such operations are JTAC operators, whose responsibility it is to coordinate various land-based and air-based platforms within a complex three-dimensional battlespace.

NATO member states have spent months training Ukrainian personnel to conduct combined arms operations, with Kiev’s forces now putting the skills into practice with their long-awaited counter-offensive against Russia in the south and east Ukraine.

Prior to Russia’s large-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, NATO forces had conducted a series of training exercises with Ukrainian forces specific to the JTAC role. In late 2018, US Air National Guard JTAC carriers conducted an exercise with Ukrainian air controllers during Clear Sky 2018, which took place at multiple locations in Ukraine, and saw Ukrainian personnel communicating with and controlling their aircraft NATO.

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With Ukraine then seeking NATO membership, Ukraine’s future air controllers will need to transition to certified JTACs through the NATO program, was reported at the time.



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