Text & Pictures: Virginie Wiacek - courtesy A.Jeuland (Armée de l'Air) © sbap 2014
Heerflieger CH-53G

Combined Joint Personnel Recovery Standardisation Course 2014 

The Combines Joint Personnel Recovery Standardisation Course – CJPRSC – is a European Air Group – EAG – project organised every year since eight years. Th2 2014 edition took place at the Florennes Air Base in Belgium. This was the last one organized by the EAG, because the European Personnel Recovery Centre – EPRC – will as from now manage it.

It is the only course of its kind in Europe in which eleven countries are taking part: Belgium, Germany, Spain, France, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Sweden and the United States. The number of participants grows up each year; four hundred personnel and twenty-three aircraft were engaged in the course. The aim is to reach the same expertise level for each participating country.

The CJPRSC has to be as realistic as possible in this exercise while preserving safety conditions. The real issue is the personnel recovery, which mainly means the pilot recovery... In case of accident during a war, the ejected pilot or crew has to be recovered as soon as possible, which becomes obviously a political issue as well.

Therefore, the ultimate goal of this course is to increase the expertise level and improve the ability to cooperate and work together in case of live exercise. In other words the objective is to “educate and train multinational Personnel Recovery – PR – task force elements to plan and execute PR operations in accordance with NATO / EU standards, facilitated in live flying events”.

However, in this international environment some points must be considered: make sure of the countries’ asset capabilities, be aware of the legal implication and consider how to enhance the cross training experience.

Concretely, the exercise is divided in seven flying missions, in which two of them are flown by night. A typical flight day is composed of hours of briefings, for instance, a three-hour mission planning represents less than one-hour flight.

After three days of training, representing a total of one hundred eight hours, the exercise is successfully achieved in 92% of the cases.
As the training remains the key factor of success, the CJPRSC 2015 is already planned and will take place in Papa Air Base in Hungary.
Many thanks to DG Com, ComOpsAir IPR for the invitation and accreditation. A special thanks to ADJT Chef Philippe Van Huyck our guide during the press day.

French ALAT Aerospatiale SA342M Gazelle Belgian Air Force Agusta A109BA
French Air Force Eurocopter EC-725 R2 Caracal
Polish Air Force Sokol W-3PL Gluszec Spanish Air Force Aerospatial SA300J Super Puma
Italian Air Force Agusta-Bell AB-212
The general briefing Polish Air Force Mil-Mi 24W Hind called for a field protection
Other crew preparing for recovery mission
The two F-16 secure the area and neutralise the Air Defence before the helicopters come.
Then, the Polish helicopters Hind orbit around the Landing Zone.
Under high protection
The French helicopters Caracal land, which allows the Extraction Forces to disembark
The French Caracals take off
The Extraction Forces have to authenticate the person to recover and treat her, while the Hinds are still orbiting around the landing zone.

The Caracals land back and the Extraction Forces can embark.

The Caracals take off back to the Air Base, but sometimes in live exercise refuelling is needed to reach the base. This had been the case this time and they had to join the FARP – Forward Area Refueling Point – even if it was only an exercise

Back to base...mission was successful

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