By 2nd Lt. Brandt AngeJune 21, 2016
Torun, Poland -- Soldiers from the 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command along with joint partners from the United States Navy and Poland's 3rd Surface to Air Missile Brigade conducted electronic warfare testing on both Polish and American air defense systems June 14-16.
As part of a joint and multinational collaboration taking place at Anakonda 16 Soldiers from the 5th Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery Regiment and the Polish 3rd SAM Brigade powered on their radar systems and began scanning the skies for a pair of United States Navy F-16s. This typically routine task was much more challenging on this particular day because both aircraft were carrying electronic countermeasures which jammed both nation's radar systems. To add even more difficulty to the tasks Polish ground based electronic warfare nodes were also jamming the air defense systems of both nations.
"What we want to accomplish is the development of new tactics techniques and procedures for our air defense operations," explained 1st Lt. William White, the 5-7 ADA Battalion's Fire Direction Center Officer in Charge, "We want to fully utilize the robust anti-jamming capabilities of our system."
Over the duration of the exercise all the units involved were forced to operate in a degraded electronic environment due to the emissions from the Polish electronic warfare nodes, and this was supplemented with periods of increased degradation from the F-16 flyovers. All of the data collected from this exercise will be sent to the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command's Capability Manager to be analyzed, and the results will be used to improve air defense operations.