From October 27 to 30, the joint air defense dressage operation took place under the direction of the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) via the Aerospace Operations Command (COMAE) in Brasília (DF). The operation took place jointly between the Brazilian Navy, the Brazilian Army and the FAB and consisted of activating the air defense units of the Brazilian Aerospace Defense System (SISDABRA). The FAB also used aircraft to support training and conducted ground attack missions. The navy and the army, however, acted in the training of their anti-aircraft artillery units and in the self-defense of Corvette Barroso.
From Brasília, COMAE followed the development of the scenario in real time and relayed the orders to the military operations centers, which spotted enemy planes carrying out the raid. and the anti-aircraft defense units for simulated firing of anti-aircraft weapons.
Two sectors were created to carry out the activity, mainland and coast. The first, located in wing 2 in Anápolis (GO), includes the regions of Cristalina (GO), Ipameri (GO) and Uberlândia (MG). The second, headquartered in Wing 12 in Rio de Janeiro (RJ), includes São João da Barra (RJ) and Macaé (RJ), as well as the sea area where Corveta Barroso of the Brazilian Navy is on the coast of Rio de Janeiro. Air Force Fighter Squadrons are also involved: 1st Fighter Aviation Group, 1st / 14th GAV – Pampa Squadron, 2nd / 3rd GAV – Grifo Squadron, and 3rd / 3rd GAV – Flecha Squadron using F-5EM aircraft and A-29 Great tucano.
COMAE’s chief of joint staff and the trainer, Major-Brigadier of the Air Ricardo Cesar Mangrich, explain that the proposal was to train the command and control structure while providing training for those on site. “It is not easy to coordinate, monitor and command the air defense of a country as large as Brazil. That is why we have to train,” he said.
The head of the Air Operations Cell, focusing on the coordination of the enemy figure, Colonel Aviator Sandro Bernadon, explains that one of the objectives of the operation was to generate attacks on sensitive points defended by the anti-aircraft device. “We have scaled a number of aircraft to attack in different profiles all of these points that are being defended by Antiaircraft in order to get the best possible training with the most insights gained,” he said.
The FAB exercise coordinator, Major Aviator Henrique Moraes Furtado, explains the choice of locations. “In the past few years we have carried out the training courses across the country. This time we have decided to concentrate the actions on the Continente and Litoral regions, where we have identified points of possible strategic interest for the country so that the defense analysis of these points can be carried out and then the air defense can be positioned, “he explains.
Medium Range / Altitude – To take advantage of the dressage structure, a working group worked to improve the debate on developing the doctrine of medium range / altitude air defense. For this purpose, software simulated the entire alarm process of an alleged attack using images.
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