SAGAMIHARA, Japan – In a U.S. unilateral training exercise, air defense, fires, aviation and maritime elements merged proficiencies to enhance readiness throughout the Indo-Pacific Region.
The 38th Air Defense Artillery Brigade partnered with 17th Field Artillery Brigade, U.S. Army Aviation Battalion Japan, and U.S. Navy HSM-51 Maritime Strike Squadron, aligned communication capabilities through the use of the Link 16 cyber domain on Sagami General Depot, September 9-21.
Participants sought to increase interoperability and prove that they could share targeting information and sensor information to lethal systems and mission command nodes across the Link 16 network for commanders to make real-time immediate decisions.
[Narrator] The 38th Air Defense Artillery Brigade recently partnered with 17th Field Artillery Brigade, U.S. Army Aviation Battalion-Japan, and U.S. Navy HSM-51 Maritime Strike Squadron to align communication capabilities during an exercise at Sagami General Depot.
Link 16 is a joint data communication that provides input into the common operational picture or the air picture that allows the unit to see where everything is and see where other players are on the battlefield.
The exercise offers a collaborative approach to address the complexities of joint training in a multi-domain environment and enhance “Fight Tonight” readiness.
That helps our partners and allies here in Japan and in other services to be able to bring their assets to the fight and be able to conduct operations with the Army in order to seamlessly show that we’re not a paper tiger, that we can go attack the enemy and then go back to defense.
Reporting for 38th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, this is Sergeant Raquel Villalona.