Ample Strike 2018 will start next week in the Czech Republic.
A major NATO training exercise, the Czech L-159 ALCA, L-39 ZA, Gripen, German Eurofighters and Tonadoes as well as the US B-52 bomber will participate.
Belgium, Denmark, Croatia, Canada, Estonia, Finland, Great Britain , Germany, Hungary, Italy , Lithuania, Latvia, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, United States and Sweden are participating in this exercise which will start from Náměšť nad Oslavou. With 1200 soldiers and from 19 countries coming together, it will be one of the largest training exercises in Czech Republic.
"We are focused on providing the right support to all participating countries during the exercise," says Colonel Zdeněk Gabriel from the Czech Air Force.
The main goal of the exercise is to improve the skills of forward air controllers in coordinating and directing actions of combat aircraft, and support ground operations.
This will be Czech Gripen fighters' first participation in this exercise after it acquired air-to-ground capabilities through the MS20 upgrade earlier this year. The upgrade included integration of laser-guided bombs, targeting electro-optical pod Litening III, and Alliance datalink - Link 16.
The exercise will be held between 3rd and 14th September.
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