Puma-22 military exercises begin in Poland
Military personnel from Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Great Britain and the USA participate in the Puma-22 training (Photo:Poland MOD/Twitter)
The Puma-22 military exercises began in Poland on Nov. 4, consisting of units from the Visegrad Group of countries (Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and the Czech Republic), as well as from the U.S. and UK, Ukraine’s Defense Ministry reported on Facebook on Nov. 5, citing the Polish PAP news agency.
These exercises will incorporate lessons learned from Russia’s full-scale war against Ukraine, the Ministry added.
Nearly 2,000 military personnel and about 300 pieces of equipment will be participating in the exercises.
The main Polish unit involved is the 21st Podhale Rifle Brigade, but other units from the 18th Separate Mechanized Division are also participating. The exercise focuses on armored and mechanized units of the Polish Ground Forces, but gunners, sappers, chemists, anti-aircraft guns, and scouts are all involved.
“The purpose of the exercises is to improve the interoperability of the forces participating, as well as to test the ability to plan, organize and conduct tactical operations in cooperation with allies,” Major Przemysław Lipczyński told PAP.
“It is the command and headquarters that work out the decisions regarding what will happen in the theater of operations.”
Major Lipczyński said the exercise scenarios will include:
- Conducting maneuverable defense;
- Forcing a water obstacle on the San River;
- Elimination of pollution by chemical units;
- Verification of artillery (Call For Fire) and medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) procedures;
- Integrated fire extinguishing.
Concurrently with the Puma-22 exercises, which are the largest military maneuvers of the Visegrad Group countries this year, the System-22, Gepard-22 and San-22 command and staff exercises are taking place.
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