Flugabwehrraketengeschwader 1

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Flugabwehrraketengeschwader 1
FlaRakG 1.jpg
Insignia
Active 1959–present
Country  Germany
Branch Roundel of the German Air Force border.svg German Air Force
Type Surface-to-air missile wing
Role Anti-aircraft warfare
Part of Wappen LwFüKdo.svg Kommando Einsatzverbände Luftwaffe
Garrison/HQ Husum
Nickname "Schleswig-Holstein"
Equipment Formerly: Bofors 40 mm, MIM-23 Hawk
Present: MIM-104 Patriot, MANTIS
Website Official website
Commanders
Current
commander
Colonel Bernd Stöckmann
Missile launcher of a Patriot surface-to-air missile system of the German Air Force

Flugabwehrraketengeschwader 1 (Air Defence Missile Wing 1) or (FlaRakG 1) "Schleswig-Holstein" is a unit of the German Air Force based in Stadum and Husum, Northern Germany. The wing is equipped with the Patriot air defense missile system.

History[edit]

The unit was established in 1959 as Air Defense Regiment 3 in Essen and was equipped with Bofors 40 mm guns. The same year the unit transferred to Bocholt. In 1960, the unit transferred to Osnabrück. In 1965 the MIM-23 Hawk air defense missile system was introduced and the unit was renamed Air Defense Missile Regiment 3 "Krummenort" and moved to near Rendsburg. In 1967, the unit transferred to Heide. It was renamed Air Defence Missile Command 1 in 1989 and in 1993 reclassified as an air missile wing. Beginning in 1994, the wing moved to its present locations. The HAWK weapons system was deactivated in 2001.[1]

On 1 January 2011, Air Defence Missile Wing 1 took formal responsibility of the short-range protection system MANTIS. To operate this weapons system, the air force called into service an additional anti-aircraft group at Husum on 1 April 2011.[2]

Air Defence Missile Wing 1 was given the honorary name "Schleswig-Holstein" in 1989 and is currently part of the Air Forces's 4th Air Division.

Tasks[edit]

Air Defence Missile Wing 1 utilises the Patriot air defense missile weapon system to engage in anti-aircraft warfare against aircraft and ballistic missiles.

Structure[edit]

Air Defence Missile Wing 1 consists of four groups:[3]

  • Air Defence Missile Group 21 (Flugabwehrraketengruppe 21) based at Sanitz
  • Air Defence Missile Group 24 (Flugabwehrraketengruppe 24) based at Bad Sülze
  • Air Defence Missile Group 26 (Flugabwehrraketengruppe 26) based at Husum
  • Air Defence Missile Group 61 (Flugabwehrraketengruppe 61) based at Todendorf

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Historischer Überblick" (in German). German Air Force. 7 August 2012. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "MANTIS in Verantwortung Luftwaffe" (in German). German Federal Ministry of Defence. 1 January 2011. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Das Flugabwehrraketengeschwader 1 "Schleswig-Holstein"" (in German). German Federal Ministry of Defence. 7 August 2012. Retrieved 4 December 2012.