British Army participates in NATO demonstration of readiness with Ramstein Legacy exercise in Poland

NATO alliance troops have been taking part in Ramstein Legacy, one of the largest ever exercises testing their Air and Missile Defence systems, the British Army reports on its website. Britain’s contribution to the exercise includes nearly 100 soldiers from the 7th Air Defence Group at Amari airbase, Estonia and Ustka, Poland, who operate Stormer vehicles armed with the Starstreak High-velocity anti-aircraft missile. The Starstreak is a world leader, it can accelerate to more than Mach 4 making it the fastest short-range surface-to-air High-Velocity Missile in existence.
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12 Regiment Royal Artillery is equipped with short-range Air Defence, the high-velocity Stormer missile system (Picture source: British Army)

Colonel Graham Taylor. Commander, 7th Air Defence Group (7 AD G): “Ramstein Legacy is really important. It’s a build-up of NATO exercises that have been taking place over the past 5-6 years. It is an opportunity for all the NATO air defence countries to get together and to exercise integrated air and missile defence."

7 AD G is a formation of the British Army consisting of 2 regular regiments and one reserve regiment. It is the British Army’s Air Defence Capability which is also responsible for detecting, identifying, and tracking aircraft in support of UK Operations. 12 Regiment Royal Artillery is equipped with short-range Air Defence, the high-velocity Stormer missile system. 16 Regiment Royal Artillery have recently taken over Sky Sabre, the new world-class medium-range air defence capability which replaced Rapier. 106 (Yeomanry) Regiment Royal Artillery are the British Army’s only reserve anti-warfare regiment.

Colonel Taylor states that the main aim of Ramstein Legacy is to practice NATO tactics in a real-world situation and environment: “The more you can exercise and operate with your NATO partners the better. So, whether it is basic human integration levels or technical or procedural levels it just provides that opportunity to get out, to get deployed and to go through those doctrines and standard operating procedures.

It is important to realise that this exercise was planned over two years ago so is not a reaction to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, this was always going to be scheduled. It heightens everybody’s focus and strengthens the importance of this activity at this stage and in this part of the world.”