The F-18s of the Canary Islands face the Eurofighters of the Aerospace Operational Command-Noticias

The veteran F / A-18A fighter jets of the 46th Wing of the Canary Islands, also known as the “Falcons”, have tested the Aerospace Operational Command’s (MOA) extensive anti-aircraft equipment in the Canary Archipelago as part of the exercise ?? Eagle Eye 21-01 ??.

More than 2,000 Air Force, Army (ET) and Navy soldiers worked together April 19-23 to protect national airspace during this tactical adoption. In the eastern islands of the Canary Archipelago, the “Eagle Eye 21-01” was activated, the first of the year in this area, which is managed by the MOA.

It should be noted that the eagle eyes are performed regularly and rotating in different areas of Spain to enhance the defense of the airspace of sovereignty and national interest. The details of the armed forces deployed were announced by Colonel Nicolás Ramírez Arregui at a press conference at the military airfield on Lanzarote.

During the presentation we were able to see the most important participating air contingent at this airfield: six Eurofighter fighter planes from Wing 11 based in Morón (Seville). In total, the Air Force deployed a total of 1,560 soldiers, mainly from the headquarters of the Aerospace Surveillance and Control System (JSVICA), which in the Canary Islands reported to the Alarm and Control Group (GRUALERCON) and the troops from Air Surveillance (EVAs) 21 and 22 on the islands of Gran Canaria and Lanzarote. In addition, the Space Surveillance Operations Center (COVE) was responsible for the provision of space support services for operations from the Torrejón base (Madrid).

The ET deployed its Air Defense Defense Unit (UDAA) to the Air Defense Artillery Command (MAAA), which during this period was led by the GAAA I / 73 group based in Cartagena, Murcia, responsible for expanding surveillance and security through Increasing responsibility was the coverage of the radar equipment of the command and control system in what is defined in an air defense system by superimposed bubbles. GAAA I / 73 forms the command and control core and the logistics core of the operational organization. The Nucleus de Fuego in turn consists of various weapon systems, Mistral missiles of the anti-aircraft artillery regiment 71 (Fuencarral-Madrid), the NASAMS of the anti-aircraft artillery regiments 73 (Cartagena) and 94 (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria) and HAWK des 74th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Regiment (Seville). The transmission unit of the anti-aircraft artillery command also guaranteed the connection and integration of the UDAA into the command and control system (SMC). In addition, an infantry company of the Soria 9 Regiment (Fuerteventura), the oldest of the ET since it was founded in 1509, carried out security tasks in support of the UDAA MOA.

The navy, for its part, sent its frigate “Álvaro de Bazán” into the Canarian waters. (F-101), from its base in the Ferrol Arsenal (La Coruña). It is an F-100 frigate that was specially developed for air defense. Her main tasks currently include the accompaniment of fleet units and the air defense of their area of ​​influence, which thanks to their Aegis system in what distinguishes the SPY 1-D multifunction radar.

To test this complex device, the veterans F / A-18A of Squadron 462 of the 462 Wing, which took off day and night every day, launched from Gando base and carried out air strikes against the device. Eagle Eye 21-01 ??. Once again the ?? Falcons ?? Canaries using the radio code ?? piper ?? In their role as the “red” side, they have demonstrated the ability of the unit above the skies of the Delta 79 air training area in the Canary Islands. (Julio Maíz Sanz)

Photo: One of the six Wing 11 Eurofighters takes off from Lanzarote AM. In the background you can see the Atlantic, on which the runway is aligned. (Photo Antonio Rodriguez Santana)

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