Ramstein, 16 July 2022 (TDI): North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) trained Belgian aircraft to cope in Electronic Warfare (EW) environment from 11 July to 15 July. The training enables the Belgian aircraft and control staff to operate if an enemy tampers with their systems.

“This training effort is designed essentially to harden NATO’s shield, the Integrated Air and Missile Defence System.” The Belgian Air force established an intense and integrated training scenario to exercise ‘Ramstein Guard 07.’ This will enhance training with available assets and staff.

The training also aims to help participants adapt to work through the impacts of jamming while working effectively. The Belgian EW and Mission Support Officer, Nick Droogers, said, “We are conducting realistic scenarios stimulating multinational mixed fighter-transport operations against a robust EW threat from both ground and air threats.”

According to Droogers, two main facilitators help implement the NATO training. These facilitators include the civilian contractor Draken Europe and the Joint EW Core Staff (JEWCS).

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NATO training facilitators

The two NATO training facilitators, civilian contractor Draken Europe and the JEWCS, play important roles in the NATO training.

The civilian contractor Draken Europe operates an FA-20 Falcon jet. NATO, therefore, hires the FA-20 Falcon jet for training support.

Nigel Cunningham from Draken Europe said, “Our Falcon carries jamming pods which can jam radars of other aircraft in the air, or they can jam different radars on the ground. They also provide jamming of communication causing the participants to adapt to their TTPs.”  TTPs refer to Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures.

Belgian F-16 during training
Belgian F-16 during training

JEWCS is a UK-based international military headquarters. The US Navy Lieutenant Commander Jason Maier said, “JEWCS supports all NATO EW exercises, usually conducted by CAOCs or the Nations and we have been providing EW training since 1983”.

He also said that the training hardens NATO’s shield, the Integrated Air and Missile Defence system (NATINAMDS) by “providing introductory to advise training on fighting or maintaining the Recognized Air Picture while in a contested electromagnetic environment.”