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The first 'Eagle Eye' activation of the year within the permanent operations framework comes to an end

March 25, 2022
  • The Aerospace Operational Command has integrated assets and capabilities from the Air Force, the Army and the Navy

The first 'Eagle Eye' annual activation conducted by the Aerospace Operational Command (MOA), under operational control of the Operations Command (MOPS), was carried out from March 21st to 25th, with integrated assets and capabilities from the Air Force, the Army and the Navy.

On the Air Force side, F-18's aircraft from the 15th Wing (Zaragoza) have contributed to the protection of the national territory by setting up a surveillance and air defense system to detect, intercept, identify and, if necessary, intervene in the traces assigned to them. Forty-three sorties and 86 flight hours were completed.

As a contribution from the Spanish Army, the Galician population was able to witness the "Hercules" Air Defence Unit (UDAA) belonging to the Anti-Aircraft Artillery Command (MAAA), led on this occasion by the I/74 Anti-aircraft Artillery Group (San Roque, Cádiz), and with units from the II/74, II/73, I/71, II/71 Anti-aircraft Artillery Groups and the Light Airborne Infantry Brigade (BRILAT).

The Navy has provided the F-102 frigate 'Almirante Juan de Borbón', which has an AN/SPY-1D radar and the AEGIS combat system, broadening the range of coverage in the vigilance and control of airspace and in homeland air defense operations, providing a great capacity for detection, identification and air defense.

In addition, the Central Command and Control Group (GRUCEMAC), from Torrejón AFB, has provided airspace surveillance with the information received from the Air Surveillance Squadrons (EVA), where the radars are located and thanks to them, the traces of flying aircraft are collected in real time with the integrated information from the UDAA and the figate F-102. These EVA's belong to the Aerospace Surveillance and Control Systems Headquarters (JSVICA). Specifically, the EVA No.10 is located in the galician area of Noya. 

The Air Operations Centre (AOC) has been the tactical coordinator of all elements of the activation. It also served as the Command Post for the mission of surveillance and control of national sovereign airspace.

‘Eagle Eye 22-01’ Activation

The 'Eagle Eye 22-01' activation, leaded by  the Commander of the Aerospace Operational Command (CMOA), takes place within the framework of the Armed Forces' permanent surveillance and deterrence operations, which are carried out 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

It is an example of the integration and efficiency of the Armed Forces, as a result of the synergy achieved by the sum of the specific capabilities provided by each of its components: The Army, the Navy and the Air Force.

The Aerospace Operational Command (MOA) is the body within the operational structure of the Armed Forces responsible, at its level, for planning, conducting and monitoring the aforementioned operations in the aerospace field. It is directly subordinate to the Chief of Defence Staff (JEMAD) and under the operational control of the Operations Command (MOPS).

Standing Operations

Standing operations are an effective tool to maintain surveillance of sovereign spaces, which allows for the early detection of threats and facilitates an immediate and viable response to a potential crisis.

The traditional Land Operational Commands (MOT), Maritime (MOM), Aerospace (MOA) and the recently created Cyberspace (MOC) make up the structure of Permanent Commands. On a daily basis, there are about 3,000 Armed Forces personnel involved in permanent operations, under the operational control of the Operations Command.