US and ROK Patriot crews seal the gaps in combined air defense

July 20, 2015


Air defenders from Republic of Korea Air Force’s 199th Air Defense Artillery Battalion and U.S. Army 2nd Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery Regiment joined forces for a week-long exercise linking U.S. and ROK air defense systems July 13-16 at Jungwon Air Base.

This is the second time the two countries have conducted this type of exercise.

“The sister battalion to 2-1 ADA, 6th Battalion, 52nd Air and Missile Defense Regiment conducted a combined interoperability exercise last June with the ROKAF 177th Air Defense Artillery Battalion where they were able to successfully transfer digital data between Patriot missile systems for the first time,” said Chief Warrant Officer 3 Ronald Brotherton, 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade air defense artillery fire control officer.

“During this iteration, we expanded upon that concept by increasing the distance between the two systems and linking our communications equipment,” Brotherton said. “We had many objectives for this exercise but the bottom line is that we set out to validate the software and hardware configurations between the U.S. and ROK Patriot systems.”

During the exercise, both ADA commanders were able to combine their shared mission of defending South Korea against an air or missile threat.

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