International military exercise Adriatic Strike 2019
Between the 2nd and 8th June, the Republic of Slovenia will host the international exercise Adriatic Strike 2019 for
the eighth consecutive time. In the exercise, the Slovenian Armed Forces will collaborate with 25 other NATO and
PfP member states to provide Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) training with the support of air force capabilities.
This year’s exercise, which will be organized and conducted by the SAF’s 15th Wing Command, will train certified
JTACs, shooting platform teams, company commanders and Forward Air Controllers (FACs). For the second time,
the exercise will include members of the Deployable Air Command and Control Centre from Poggio Renatico, Italy,
which forms a part of the Allied Air Command structure.
Some 700 participants will be present, 350 of them from Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Croatia,
Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro,
North Macedonia, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom and the United
States of America. JTAC training will be supported by the following air force capabilities:
- Bell OH-58 Kiowa, Austria,
- Cougar AS AL 532, Slovenia,
- Mi 24, Hungary and North Macedonia,
- SA 341 Gazela, Montenegro.
- Aero L-159, Czech Republic,
- Lear Jet, Germany and the Netherlands,
- Pilatus PC-9, Croatia, Germany and Slovenia,
- SAAB JAS 39 Gripen, Hungary,
The aircrafts supporting JTAC training will be based at the Cerklje ob Krki and Brnik Air Bases, while allied Pilatus
PC-9 - Croatia, AMX and Tornado – Italy and SAAB JAS 39 Gripen - Hungary aircrafts will support the exercise from
their parent bases.
JTAC training will be conducted on the new JTAC simulator at the Cerklje ob Krki airfield, as well as at five other locations
around Slovenia. At the main SAF training range Postojna, aircrafts, tanks, artilery and guns will provide fire
support, while in the municipalities of Radeče, Novo mesto, Vipava and wider surroundings of Kamniško Savinjske
Alpe, aircrafts will only simulate air support.