Massive NATO rocket artillery exercise held in Germany

Rocket artillery systems from a number of NATO members practiced synchronizing their fire during Dynamic Front 2022, a live-fire artillery exercise hosted by the United States and held in Germany.

NATO says here that during the exercise, multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) from Slovakia, the United Kingdom and the United States were used to carry out fire missions under the command of a multinational higher headquarters , played this year by the UK-led Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC).

“This is made possible by Artillery Systems Cooperation Activities (ASCA), software that connects artillery batteries from different countries to a centralized, multinational command and control center. Currently, nine NATO countries participate in this program, including Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The Slovak and US armies enhanced their cooperation by joining forces in the field: soldiers from the US Army’s 1-41 Field Artillery Battalion served as a fire control center for a battery from the Slovak Battalion of the 54th MLRS, receiving and transmitting fire missions. The American soldiers were part of the forces deployed to Europe in early 2022 after Russia invaded Ukraine.

Additionally, Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTACs) from NATO’s Finnish guest worked alongside JTACS from the Czech Republic and Spain to direct artillery fire while calling in strikes. aerial simulations of US Air Force fighters.

Dynamic Front 22 featured MLRS systems that several NATO allies donated to Ukraine, including the M270 and RM-70.

Kristen T. Prall