NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the Trident Juncture 2018 Distinguished Visitor’s Day
“Trident Juncture – the largest NATO exercise since the end of the Cold War. Our security environment has become less predictable, NATO has become more capable. And Trident Juncture demonstrates that strength. With 65 ships at sea, 250 planes in the air, 10,000 vehicles on land, many experts in cyber, over 50,000 personnel from 29 Allies. As well as our close partners, Finland and Sweden.
This is a defensive exercise. It is not directed against any country. We are transparent in what we do. And we welcome the international observers – from Russia and from many other countries.
We exercise to strengthen our ability to operate together, to test and certify the NATO Response Force, and to send a clear message.
NATO’s mission is to preserve the peace. Not to provoke a conflict, but to prevent a conflict. To do so, we provide credible deterrence. With the strength and the speed of our forces, and our ability to operate together.
This is what Trident Juncture is all about”.
With more than 50.000 soldiers from 29 different countries participating in the exercise, TRJE18 provided an environment for existing or new capabilities to be tested, refined, and further developed. A successful collaboration between FFI (Norwegian Defence Research Establishment), ACT (NATO Allied Command Transformation) and industry, demonstrated capabilities of autonomous and automatized systems within a complex environment.
The chess Hawkeye air defence system was fully integrated in to the Kongsberg Integrated Combat System (ICS). Covering a large area, Chess Dynamics primary role was to Detect and Deny Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Ground and Naval targets trying to operate within the Area of Responsibility. By using open standards and networked sensors within the location, targets that pose a significant threat are handed off to unified user interfaces allowing other assets and effectors to be cued instantaneously.
Figure 1 Working in the command centre with Army personnel
Figure 2 AUDS in its static configuration providing 24 hours surveillance and base protection