01 Jan 2015 - Defence Forces on 6 month Stand-By with Battlegroup .

A Defence Forces ISTAR Task Force (Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition, Reconnaissance) ​is​ on​ ​'Stand-By'​ ​since midnight for a period of six​ ​months, as part of the Nordic Battlegroup 2015, a key component of the EU's rapid response capability.

Subject to a political consensus amongst all 28 EU member states, the Battlegroup can be tasked to any conflict region within a 6000 mile radius of Brussels alongside troops from Sweden, Finland, Norway, Estonia and Lithuania.

The ISTAR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition, Reconnaissance) Task Force element of the Battlegroup​ ​is arguably the most important asset in the Battlegroup. It entails the use of intelligence gathering sensor elements, including reconnaissance and sniper​ ​detachments, feeding information into higher echelon intelligence processing and analysis cells.

This is the fourth EU Battlegroup that Irish ​personnel​ have been involved with and the second Battlegroup that the Irish ​Defence Forces ​formed the ISTAR component of.​ ​

Press Release Date: 01 January 2015

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