AIR CHIEFS MEET TO DISCUSS CO-OPERATION AND INTEROPERABILITY, IN LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, ON 18 JUNE 2019
The European Air Group Steering Group, comprising the Chiefs of Staff or their representatives, of the Air Forces of Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom, met in London in the United Kingdom on 18 June.
The Steering Group is the highest governance body for the European Air Group and provides top-level direction and guidance for its work. This latest Meeting has been hosted by Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, Chief of Staff of the Royal Air Force, and was conducted under the Chairmanship of Lieutenant General Alberto Rosso, Chief of Staff of the Italian Air Force, who is the current Director of the European Air Group.
The aim of the Steering Group Meeting was to discuss the progress of the European Air Group’s many projects and activities and to shape their future development; this work is spread across the four European Air Group current domains of interest, which are Air Operations, Force Protection, Logistics and CIS/ Cyber. The discussions included the Combined Air Interoperability Programme, initiated in 2017 to address the challenges resulting from integrating new 5th generation weapon systems with existing capabilities in multinational operations.
The outcomes of this meeting will enable work in these domains to move forward with confidence and direction and will be put into effect by the EAG Permanent Staff and pecialists from the seven Nations during the coming year and well beyond. Lieutenant General Alberto Rosso also emphasized that:
‘The European Air Group should be considered to be our “lab of initiatives” where we generate, together as a team, concrete, agile, and high-quality products specifically tailored both for our tactical needs and for our common vision on capability development, to effectively enhance our Air Force’s interoperability.’
The primary purpose of the European Air Group is to promote interoperability among its seven Air Forces, focussing its efforts on delivering tangible outputs primarily at the tactical and operational levels. During the past twenty years, it has generated many highly successful air power initiatives, ranging from technical enablers and training through to air operations, many of which have been tested and improved during the highly successful VOLCANEX exercises. Some of its work has formed the basis for subsequent developments on a substantial scale, including the European Air Transport Command and the European Personnel Recovery Centre.
Much of the Air Group’s day-to-day work is carried out by the Permanent Staff, based at RAF High Wycombe in the United Kingdom, comprising representatives of the seven participating Air Forces.