The starting pistol for the first European Advanced Airlift Tactics Training Course for 2017 (EAATTC 17-1), hosted by the Bulgarian Air force at Plovdiv Airbase, was fired yesterday (26 March). The exercise, initiated by the European Defence Agency (EDA) and run together with the European Air Transport Command (EATC), will last until 7 April 2017.
The event gathers five aircraft from five different countries (Belgium: C130; Bulgaria: C27J; Czech Republic: C295; Italy: C27J; Netherlands: C130) and over 100 personnel from different countries (Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Italy, Netherlands).
This edition of EAATTC is dedicated to single-ship flying missions which, as the training goes on, will evolve from an initial low level tactical scenario to more complex air-to-air to and surface-to-air threats environments. Nine flights are planned for the single ship course. At the end of the course, graduating crews will be presented with a certificate based on the training events completed.