Air Defence Exercise in the Gulf of Cadiz, by Juan Del Pozo Berenguer

During the first week of October 2014, the Armada has carried out an air defence exercise with the launch of live missiles against remote targets. This exercise, while a routine one within the normal training schedule of the units of the Fleet, has seen, again after several years, the Searchwater as one of the participants of … Continue reading Air Defence Exercise in the Gulf of Cadiz, by Juan Del Pozo Berenguer

Hullo, who are you?, by Juan Del Pozo Berenguer

I have the arguable privilege of having phone service at home. As a result, I recieve phone calls on a daily basis from different companies offering contract upgrades or offers which sometimes I simply fail to understand. But on only one occasion did such a phone call had me hit the roof with rage: Me: … Continue reading Hullo, who are you?, by Juan Del Pozo Berenguer

The Airborne Early Warning Hot Air Balloon, by Juan Del Pozo Berenguer

The Strait of Gibraltar (STROG) is located in a strategically complex emplacement. It´s one of the several hot spots which must be monitored and protected carefully and tactfully. From a commercial standpoint, it´s important to point out that over 70% of the world´s ship trade make use of this unique Strait, where the warm waters … Continue reading The Airborne Early Warning Hot Air Balloon, by Juan Del Pozo Berenguer

The tricky art of Identification and Classification, by Juan Del Pozo Berenguer

Between the years 1976 and 2006 there have been over a dozen cases in which a military unit has effectively engaged…a civilian aircraft by accident. These have been subject of severe scrutiny in behalf of the media. Regardless of culprits and circumstances, the common element in these cases has been the misidentification, and consequently misclassification, … Continue reading The tricky art of Identification and Classification, by Juan Del Pozo Berenguer

A tribute to the Searchwater MK-II, by Juan Del Pozo Berenguer

In military history, new techniques, technologies and equipment have been devised on the basis of profit, political and industrial interests, and other such reasons. But from time to time, some military branch comes up with an answer to a specific problem. No budget concerns, no top brass industry executives seeking for a good slice of … Continue reading A tribute to the Searchwater MK-II, by Juan Del Pozo Berenguer

The Humand Factor in the ASaC Environment, by Juan Del Pozo Berenguer

I keep telling myself over and over that “if you want something done right, then do it yourself”. Ironically, this contrasts with my firm belief that teamwork is the key to success in any environment, especially in the aeronautical world. Even fighter pilots rely on those who have assisted him in the preparations for a … Continue reading The Humand Factor in the ASaC Environment, by Juan Del Pozo Berenguer

MODE S: a useful tool for air contact classification, by Juan Del Pozo Berenguer

On the morning of July 3rd 1988, USS Vicennes was underway in the Strait of Hormuz, together with USS Sides and USS Montgomery. USS Vicennes opened fire on Airbus A300B2 Iran Air 655, killing all 290 passengers and crew on board. This action has been the object of infinite studies, primarily from a tactical point … Continue reading MODE S: a useful tool for air contact classification, by Juan Del Pozo Berenguer