At the heart of each of our interoperability projects is a network of national, usually unit-level experts, appointed by our working group, who share their knowledge and brainstorm under our sponsorship.
More recently, the EAG offered a new line of cooperation by inviting experts from each EAG nations’ Air Warfare Centres (AWC) to a Symposium. AWCs synthesize tactical experience from various national sources to help overcome immediate operational challenges, in line with national priorities.
Therefore, bringing AWC experts together is both a way to open-up new communication channels between officers with a large multidisciplinary view of air operations, and to help understand each nation’s most pressing training or operational concerns, whilst also sharing this information with their European counterparts.
There is nothing less certainly established, however, than what falls under the expression “Air Warfare Centre”, which echoes differently in each country. Prior to the symposium, we therefore engaged with the nations to correlate which unit, cell, or Centre of Excellence has a similar function to such other from a neighbouring country. We needed to identify counterparts based on their actual role and level of expertise rather than a mere label.
On 23 and 24 March 2022, the first-ever EAG AWC symposium took place at RAF High Wycombe. Beyond existing bilateral exchanges, this symposium provided a unique opportunity to browse more thoroughly through the potential future interoperability projects and the main challenges ahead.
During this first symposium, many subjects were discussed, which included LVC training, interoperability of 4th and 5th generation aircrafts, the lack of red air assets and the integration of the space domain into the scope of the AWCs.If some of those topics happened to find a relevance with your own activities, we would be pleased to share with you the outcomes of this meeting.