Abstract 106 Analysis and Thoughts 2019 Artillery Commanders take turns every year to outline the current situation of the Artillery branch and its future. On this occasion, it is the Air defence Commander who goes over the present situation. Training and use Training and tactical use of the Mistral squad in Air Defence operations The need to adapt to the evolution of operations compels Air Defence units, and specifically the Mistral squad, to adapt their mode of use not only to provide a more efficient defence, but also to be able to get better embedded in the unit they give protection. The particularity of Air Defence operations requires the Mistral squad to adapt its mode of use to be able to fight on foot from the first stages of the operation. The limitations stemming from this fact will undoubtedly change their combat procedures and therefore the focus of their training. Air Defence Artillery contribution to NATO NRF: TRIDENT JUNCTURE 18 exercise During the months of October and November the TRIDENT JUNCTURE 18 exercise was carried out in the surrounding areas of the North At-lantic and the Baltic Sea, including Iceland and the airspace of Finland and Sweden, thus, making TRIDENT JUNCTURE 2018 into NATO’s bi-ggest exercise since the end of the Cold War. In this exercise, the units belonging to the NRF-19, the HAWK clus-ter, among them, were able to make their capabilities available to NATO’s allies to test their ability to operate together to defend their populations and territories, which is the aim of NATO allies in a mu-tual benefit to save both means and efforts. In this exercise there were around 50,000 participants (together with 120 aircraft, 70 ves-sels and up to 10,000 vehicles) from all NATO countries, including up to 500 Spanish military troops. UDACTA (Coastal Artillery Unit) activation sequence and missions Bearing in mind the Geo-strategic situation of Spain in terms of National Security, still conditioned by its unique Geo-strategic position, this article presents the participation of Coastal Artillery units in Conjoint Force by using the concept of UDACTA, which is the result of the doctrinal develop-ment of Coastal Artillery (PD4-302 Coastal Artillery use). UDACTA, with its changeable entity, is the result of the generation of operational structures for the defence of coastal infrastructures. It contributes to the global maritime security from a local scope. There are three types of UDACTA depending on the intensity of the scena-rio: maximum effort, medium effort and extended effort, being the latter the one originally used to meet the PLDISP requirements, and currently it is the Coastal Artillery Unit embedded in the Force (FC). Simulation in the 11th Field Artillery Regiment In the military field, simulation has become an essential tool for the combat readiness of units and formations, being supplementary to live-fire exercises. Thanks to the technological developments, simulators have been re-newed and updated to have high fidelity realism and acquire grea-ter and greater prominence in the instruction and training of units, affecting not only the combatant but also Squads, Platoons, Batte-ries and Artillery Battalions. Notwithstanding, there are still great challenges ahead both for the implementation of new simulators and for the attainment of intero-perability between them and, in turn, with command and control systems, both nationally and internationally.
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