Namest nad Oslavou - The Ample Strike 2014, a large aviation exercise of forward air controllers, pilots and other soldiers from 12 NATO member countries, started today, its spokeswoman Magdalena Dvorakova, from the Czech General Staff, told CTK.
Přílety zahraničních účastníků na náměšťskou leteckou základnu začalo 3. září mezinárodní armádní cvičení Ample Strike 2014 (AMSE14). Cílem je sladit výcvik předsunutých leteckých návodčích, kteří určují pozemní cíle pro letectvo, s posádkami letadel a vrtulníků. Na snímku jsou slovenské letouny L-39 Albatros na stojánce. ČTK Pavlíček Luboš
Four Slovak L-39 Albatros planes, two Slovak Mi-17 helicopters and one Lithuanian L-39 aircraft landed at the airfields in Prague-Kbely and Caslav, central Bohemia.
The U.S. AH-64 Apache combat helicopters did not arrive from Germany due to adverse weather and they will join the exercise on Thursday.
Ample Strike is the biggest international exercise held in the Czech Republic this year. It will last until September 15 and 1340 troops, 28 planes, including Czech Gripen fighters and F-16 combat aircraft, and 50 military vehicles will take part in it.
Flights are scheduled from September 8 to September 12, Dvorakova said.
The aircraft will fly mostly in the military training grounds Bechyne, Boletice, Libava and Namest.
The participating countries are Belgium, Britain, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Slovakia and the United States.
A joint training of allied troops is the main task of Ample Strike. Pilots and soldiers will train the guidance to the ground targets when supporting ground operations.
Czech air force commander Libor Stefanik said previously the exercise's scenario more or less copied that of the Ramstein Rover 2013 exercise.