Czech Troops take part in Dynamic Front 2019

Czech Troops take part in Dynamic Front 2019
Author:|Caption: LOV-Pz Artillery Reconnaissance Vehicle
07 / 03 / 2019, 10:00

27 NATO and partner nations, including Czech Republic, take part in the operations of the Dynamic Front 2019 exercise (25th February - 9th March) at the U.S. Army's Grafenwoehr Training Area (GTA) in Bavaria, Germany, in Riga, Latvia, and in Torun Training Area in Poland.

Among them, Czech artillery: the 13th Artillery Regiment, which deployed its Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance element (the STAR battery) in Torun, and the Task Force formed by the the mortar platoon of the 71st Mechanized Battalion deployed within the NATO Enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) battle group in Latvia, led by Canada. Two L-159A light attack jets from the 212th Tactical Squadron provide Combat Air Support, at the Hohenfels Joint Multinational Readiness Centre.

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The exercise is conceived to increase readiness, lethality and interoperability by exercising allied and partner nations ability to integrate joint fires in a multinational environment at the operational and tactical levels, with approximately 1,700 United States personnel and 1,500 allied and partner nations soldiers (from Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom). The troops will deploy about 100 artillery systems.

The 13th Artillery Regiment participates with its IVECO LOV-Pz artillery reconnaissance vehicles and the Mobile Artillery Radar ARTHUR (Artillery Hunting Radar). The LOV-Pz is based on IVECO M65E19WM LMV widely used by the Czech Army. The LOV-Pz variant is equiped with a Remote Weapon Station ZSRD Pz mounted with a FN MAG machine gun. The vehicle is designed for surveillance and target acquisition missions to support artillery and mortar fire, and carries multiple day, night and thermovision cameras, the LDM 38 laser rangefinder and a powerful radio Harris RF-300M-TV FALCON III.

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ARTHUR is a Norwegian and Swedish mobile passive electronically scanned array C-Band counter-battery radar system. It serves to detect hostile artillery by tracking its projectiles in flight, and can locate guns at 15 – 20 km and 120mm mortars at 30 – 35 km.

The major portion of the exercise is taking part this week and consists of live-fire artillery and attack helicopter operations.

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The 13th Artillery Regiment is based in Jince, Central Bohemian Region. Its two battalions, the STAR battery, and the Active Reserve company are equiped with the DANA self-propelled 152mm howitzers, the reconnaissance and observation system „Sněžka“ based on BVP/BMP-1 IFV, the light reconnaissance and surveillance system „LOS“ based on BVP/BMP-2 IFV, light artillery reconnaissance armoured vehicles LOV Pz, and the mobile counter-battery radar „ARTHUR“ by the Swedish Saab. The mortar platoon of the 71st Mechanized Battalion operates the 120mm PRAM towed mortars.

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