AMPLE STRIKE 2016 INTRODUCTION
From 30 August to 20 September 2016, the international Forward Air Controller (FAC) exercise Ample Strike 2016 was taking place in the Czech Republic. The exercise counted 17 participating countries.
The Ample Strike series started back in 2012 as exercise Ramstein Rover, organised by NATO’s Air Command at Ramstein, Germany. Since 2014, the Czech Republic has taken over the lead over this exercise, and changed its name to Ample Strike. The training is annually recurring, to increase readiness of multiple nations that are participating in the event. Each nation is bringing their own learning objectives which they’ll execute, and learn from each other.
The goal of the exercise is to provide valued training for international FAC teams, but also for the Czech Republic to demonstrate their capability to act as host country in support of a large number of Allied troops.
The main operating base for the exercise was the 22nd Helicopter Base Sedlec, Vícenice in Namest nad Oslavou. Beside participation from the Czech air force, notable flying participants were German Luftwaffe Tornadoes, Polish Air Force Su-22 aircraft, U.S. Army Apaches, and PC-9s from German training company E.I.S. They were allowing FACs to work with various aerial platforms.