US-Polish Training Exercise For The Armoured Forces In Żagań

28 października 2015, 16:59
M109 Howitzer. Image Credit: Katarzyna Przepióra/dgrsz.mon.gov.pl
M109 Howitzer. Image Credit: Katarzyna Przepióra/dgrsz.mon.gov.pl
M109 Howitzer. Image Credit: Katarzyna Przepióra/dgrsz.mon.gov.pl
Bradley IFV. Image Credit: Katarzyna Przepióra/dgrsz.mon.gov.pl

Equipment belonging to an element of the US Army has reached the Żagań range in Poland. The US Forces are going to be involved in an exercise, together with the soldiers o the Polish 10th Armoured Cavalry Brigade. The Americans have M1A2 Abrams main battle tanks, Bradley IFVs and M109A6 self-propelled howitzers at their disposal.

 

As it was announced by Lt. Col. Artur Goławski of the General Command of the Armed Forces, an American transport has arrived at the Żagań Land Forces Field Training Centre. Soldiers of the 3rd Battalion of the 69th Armoured Regiment of the 1st Armoured Brigade of the 3rd Infantry Division are going to be involved in a training exercise in Poland, together with the representatives of the Polish 10th Armoured Cavalry Brigade.

Świętoszów-based unit which, during the last year, was involved in the Black Eagle exercise, together with the British, is going to train with the US forces this year. Live-fire training with the use of the main armament of the main battle tanks and fighting vehicles is also planned. The exercise, besides the Bradley infantry fighting vehicles and Abrams main battle tanks, is also going to involve the 155 mm M109A6 self-propelled howitzers.

Representatives of the US Army, visiting Żagan, are using the equipment which is stationed in Europe as a part of the European Activity Set, which is sufficient for a brigade combat group. The said inventory is stored within the territory of Germany. Next year, some heavy equipment for smaller units, that would be sufficient to equip a single brigade, is going to be deployed in the Mid-Eastern European region, including Poland. Ciechanow is going to act as a location for the unit’s command.

The exercise, involving the US units, is going to last until mid-December. Similar training operations also take place within the territory of the Baltic Republics, including Estonia and Lithuania. Other elements of the 1st Armoured Brigade of the 3rd Infantry Division are also involved in the Trident Juncture exercise, taking place in the southern part of Europe. These units also use the equipment which had been deployed to Europe prior to their presence. This equipment is additionally being transported by sea.

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