Osama bin Laden is pictured on the cover of the Amalgam Virgo exercise. [ Source: NORAD]The US military conducts Amalgam Virgo 01, a multi-agency. [Source: NORAD]The US military conducts Amalgam Virgo 01, a multi-agency live-fly homeland security exercise sponsored by the North American Aerospace . 01 (June 1 2 / ) Click PDF Operation Amalgam Virgo is a CINCNORAD joint task counter terrorist and field training exercise (FTX) carried out in Tyndall Air.
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Fast, low-flying cruise missiles are hard to detect. To practice their part in defending the U. The multi-service exercise tested the defense and response capabilities to a cruise missile attack on Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.
Homeland defense is increasingly being discussed as a primary mission for Guard and Reserve forces. Navy and Coast Guard as players. Equipped with a high-powered radar capable of tracking more than targets simultaneously, the Yorktown also played a role in the multi-layered defense used to shoot down a cruise missile Real-time battle management and the transmission of E-3 aircraft sensor information is nothing new to the members of the th ACG.
Data linking the Airborne Warning and Control System “picture” involves providing continual updates of the battlefield, thereby providing command leadership the needed information to instantly respond to changing conditions. It is crucial that information gathered by the AWACS aircraft be transmitted to the specified command center for rapid analysis and response.
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What vlrgo perhaps a bit different about this exercise was that it involved U. There are 75, cruise missiles and cruise missile-like aircraft in about 75 countries around the world. Those facts, coupled with the ease with which a cruise missile can be acquired make cruise missile defense a priority.
Because of the capability for people with very limited means, in relative terms, to be able to obtain a cruise missile, NORAD has to be very serious about that threat.
Key to defending against cruise missiles is making sure all aamlgam defenders see the same thing. The goal of this exercise was to improve the air picture and counter new and emerging threats.
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The Coast Guard, Navy and U. Southern Command, took the lead in detecting, identifying and prosecuting the surrogate terrorist vessel that “launched” the cruise missiles for the exercise.
From an air defense point of view, the exercise was a complete success. Twelve drones were launched, and twelve were ‘destroyed. Ackermann explained that the JBECC is a highly mobile connectivity shelter, which can be deployed to high-risk areas to provide early warning of a cruise-missile attack.
It does this by collecting and correlating radar information from the different services to provide an accurate tracking picture of low-level targets such as cruise missiles.
Tracks and data were forwarded between both links in both directions in real-time. This demonstration served as the vjrgo contractor test which was scheduled for October at JITC. Sign In Sign Out.
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