On May 11-22 Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTAC) of the Lithuanian Armed Forces and allied forces in Lithuania are training target marking for allied aircraft. Lithuanian military personnel combine efforts in the training with the FA-18 M fighter aircraft of the Spanish Air Force which is currently conducting the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states.
This is the second phase of the training conducted for JTACs with the Iron Wolf and Griffin Brigades of the Lithuanian Land Force, Special Operations Forces, and he NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion, since May 11. The training audience rotate in small groups to practise identification of ground-based targets and marking them for CAS (Close Air Support) allied aircraft.
The training scenario imitates CAS to an infantry company manoeuvring in the battlefield, allied aircraft coordinated by ground-based JTACs fly a battalion-sized airspace which is nearly 500 square kilometres.
Special skills training of such kind involving different attack aircraft from NATO allies is conducted in the Lithuanian airspace on a constant basis. Military personnel are training to coordinate close air support in different locations of the country, the site in Kazlų Rūda is also suitable for such training with shelling.
Information credits: Lithuanian Armed Forces
Photo credits: Sgt Spc 1st Class Ieva Budzeikaitė