source: COMFOP Sud

Exercise “Dynamic Front 19” ends at US 7th Army Training Command area, in Grafenwöhr (Germany).

“Realism and interoperability at the Dynamic Front 19”

About 3200 soldiers from 27 countries attended the exercise “Dynamic Front 19”, which took place at US 7th Army Training Command area, in Grafenwöhr (Germany).

Italy participated deploying a howitzer PzH 2000 battery (6 pieces), three Lince (as observation and command post) and two shelters from 8th “Pasubio” Land Artillery Regiment (used as Exercise Direction), with the support of 132nd “Ariete” Armoured Artillery Regiment and Artillery Command. In all, 360 grenades, of which 60 illuminating, were fired.

The aim of the exercise was to increase the operational readiness and interoperability between artillery units of different caliber and nationality and integrate the support of combined fire in a multinational environment both at operational and tactical level. In particular, 62 howitzers, 24 launch platforms and 9 radars from different countries were used during the exercise.

The pieces opened fire together in order to test in a “live” environment the interoperability, tactical-level, of the Integrated Command and Control Artillery Cooperation Activities System (ASCA), identify any operational limitations and seek technical and procedural shared solutions.

The specificity of Grafenwöhr is to give a large training area in which realistic operational scenario are played, with difficult terrain and particular climatic conditions that test the resilience of men and vehicles. The complex and detailed planning phase of intervention operations in a crisis area enabled to meet the training objectives. An important goal achieved by a hard amalgam period during which attendants shared their experiences and increased the integration between staff from different nations up to the lowest level.

The research at the highest possible level into the interoperability enables appropriate solutions to modern challenges to be identified, contributes to increase forces operational readiness and creates a military instrument flexible and suitable for operating in any context.

Units and observers from Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, North Makedonia, Montenegro, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, United States, Turkey, Ukraine and U.K. attended the Dynamic Front 19.