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Croatia hosts Allied Air Defence exercise Shield 23

Story by Allied Air Command Public Affairs Office

The Croatian Armed Forces hosted the 35th iteration of the live fire air defence Exercise Shield 2023, April 13th to 22nd.

This year’s exercise included participation of Alliance Surface Based Air Defence units from Croatia, Slovenia, France, Poland and the USA. The exercise was designed to improve interoperability and train NATO tactics, techniques and procedures enhancing units’ ability to counter threats at low to medium levels.

 

The Croatian Armed Forces hosted the 35th iteration of the live fire air defence Exercise Shield 2023, April 13th to 22nd.
Photo: Croatian Armed Forces.

 

Taking place in Pula, Croatia around 300 personnel participated, and units were able to live fire missile and anti-aircraft artillery systems. The units also had the opportunity to test counter UAV systems, where UAVs are seen as an increasing threat in the modern operating environment.

 

The Croatian Armed Forces hosted the 35th iteration of the live fire air defence Exercise Shield 2023, April 13th to 22nd.
The units had the opportunity to test counter UAV systems. Photo courtesy Croatian Armed Forces

 

Exercises like this are valuable training as part of NATO’s wider Integrated Air and Missile Defence system which is conducted using a 360-degree approach across NATO territory and is prepared to address the full spectrum of threats. It is a collaborative effort and a key pillar of NATO’s collective defence demonstrating Allied unity and cohesion.

 




 

 

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