Joint Ground Based Air Defence Headquarters commands the Army’s Air Defence Capability. It is also responsible for detecting, identifying and tracking aircraft in support of UK Operations.
Within Joint Ground Based Air Defence (Jt GBAD) the regiments have delivered operational success in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Falkland Islands.
The commitment to the Falklands Islands is an enduring one, with Rapier permanently deployed there.
In recent years Jt GBAD has also supported UK counter-terrorism activities.
The Formation is built upon three specialist capabilities:
The Land Environment Air Picture Provision uses the Giraffe RADAR to detect, identify and track aircraft out to a range of 120km. This is used to create a Local Air Picture to provide information for the air defence control network.
Combined with other capabilities a picture of what is happening in the air across a wide area can be transmitted to Commanders anywhere in the world.
The Formation is made up of:
Jt GBAD is growing in both its capability and manning as its Operational Command moves from the RAF to the Army.
Baker Barracks, Thorney Island, PO10 8DH