EATC support to Multinational Aircraft Recovery Training in UK 8-12 Sept. 2014
The EATC was involved in the Multinational Aircraft Recovery Training (MART) 2014 event conducted by the Joint Aircraft Recovery and Transportation Squadron (JARTS) at the Defence Fire Training and Development Centre (DFTDC) in Manston (UK) from 08 to 12 September 2014.
On top of providing a good opportunity to train and practice aircraft recovery missions in an international environment, thus benefiting from mutual knowledge and experience, this exercise also enabled a closer cooperation between European partner nations in a time when the emphasis is on multinational defence missions and air operations.
Always first in line to support multinational training opportunities, Training and Exercises Branch (TREX) from Functional Division/EATC co-organized MART 14 with the UK.
19 participants and observers from EATC , some EATC participating nations (FRA, DEU, BEL, ESP) and Italy joined 38 Brits and were embedded in multinational teams to practice different recovery techniques on several working stations using various decommissioned aircraft (fighter, transport, helicopter) and wreckage.
The EATC already organized the very first multinational aircraft recovery training exercise in 2012 at Orléans airbase that gathered 50 participants from 6 different nations: BEL, FRA, DEU, UK, NLD and ESP. Since then, these countries expressed their wish to continue training together on a yearly basis under the supervision of EATC.
This multinational training was assessed to be very successful and fruitful. All the nations are looking forward to taking part in the next MART. This training has a recognized added value and the outcomes have to be capitalized in the future.
JARTS’ main missions focus on aircraft post-crash management (APCM), recovery and transportation. The squadron also conducts support missions for the delivery of aircraft to operational theatres, the recovery of unserviceable aircraft and participates in international military exercises and spares recovery programs.