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Norwegian troops practise calling in air support

25 Jan 2021 16:03

Synopsis

It is the job of the Joint Terminal Attack Controller, or JTAC, to make sure that military jets hit their targets. Norwegian troops based at NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup in Lithuania trained with UK Eurofighter Typhoon jets serving with NATO’s Baltic Air Policing (BAP) mission based in Šiauliai Air Base (Lithuania). The training aimed to improve Close Air Support (CAS) procedures among multinational ground units and detachments from BAP missions and the NATO Battlegroups. The training also helped cover some of the JTAC qualification requirements, as well as improving aircrew skills. It ran from 11 to 21 May 2020.

Teaser

In Lithuania, Norwegian ground troops trained with British Eurofighter Typhoon jets. Amongst other objectives, the training aimed to build up the skills of the Joint Terminal Attack Controller, or JTAC.

Transcript

-TEXT ON SCREEN- WHO DO YOU SEND WHEN FIGHTER JETS IN THE AIR NEED TO HIT PRECISE TARGETS ON THE GROUND? MEET NATO’S JOINT TERMINAL ATTACK CONTROLLERS (JTAC) AUDIO DESCRIPTION -SOUNDBITE-(ENGLISH) LIEUTENANT ANDERS, Enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup Lithuania “My job is to get the bomb on the target. I am the link between the aircraft and the ground force commander who is approving each strike, in order to get the right asset at the targets.” JTAC CREWS USE SPECIALISED EQUIPMENT TO CALL IN AIR SUPPORT WITH SURGICAL ACCURACY NORWEGIAN TROOPS FROM NATO ENHANCED FORWARD PRESENCE BATTLEGROUP LITHUANIA PRACTISED CLOSE AIR SUPPORT PROCEDURES WITH THE UK ROYAL AIR FORCE

Media tags

Reference
NATO830353
Date filming
13 May 2020 12:00
Location
Kazlu Ruda Training Area
Country
Lithuania
Usage rights
The video of the British Typhoons was supplied by the UK MOD. This media asset is free for editorial broadcast, print, online and radio use. It is restricted for use for other purposes.
Type
Master