Sweden Purchases 102 BvS10 All-terrain Vehicles

20 12 2013

The Swedish Defense Materiel Administration has ordered an additional 102  all-terrain vehicles from BAE Systems Hagglunds.

The contract for the BvS10 all-terrain vehicles is worth $120 million and  covers troop carrier, command vehicle, ambulance and logistic carrier variants,  the company said.

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Video: US Army Arctic Airborne Operation

18 12 2013


Watch the Video: http://www.dvidshub.net/video/312328/arctic-airborne-operation

Merry Christmas from the Finnish Army

17 12 2013

US Army Reserve Soldiers Train in Canada

17 12 2013

All-terrain vehicles are lined up in preparation for a site reconnaissance at the Austere Operations Training Center, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada on Nov. 21, 2013. A bridge building project is slated to begin in 2014. The bridges will allow access from the AOTC to the main flight line. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. True Thao)

U.S. soldiers traveled to a remote area in northeast Canada called Goose Bay, Nov. 18, 2013, to meet with Canadian service-members and other Canadian government officials. The purpose of the trip was to determine whether 416th Engineer Command units, along with Army National Guard explosive ordnance disposal personnel could assist with some expansive construction projects.

Several site reconnaissance teams were dispatched to various locations on the main base. Another group flew 65 nautical miles (115 km) to a remote location known as the Austere Operations Training Complex, or the AOTC. A plane was necessary, since there are no roads to the site.

Read more: http://www.dvidshub.net/news/118045/army-reserve-soldiers-get-northern-exposure#.UquqiCcSirg#ixzz2nkh59EhT

Alaska Army Paratroopers Jump in Arctic Gear

16 12 2013

Spc. William Baker (left), an infantryman with Charlie Troop, 1st Squadron, 1-40th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, works to secure his equipment in preparation for follow-on movement after successfully exiting a C-130 Hercules Alaska Air National Guard aircraft Dec. 12, 2013 at the Malemute Drop Zone at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. Baker and his unit exited the aircraft from the tailgate with a full arctic combat load, demonstrating their unique ability to rapidly deploy troops into arctic environments in response to a variety of contingencies. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Smith/Released)

JOINT BASE ELMDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska – For the first time since returning from  Afghanistan last year, U.S. Army Alaska’s 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team  (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division conducted an arctic airborne operation Dec.  12 from a C-130 aircraft onto JBER’s Malemute Drop Zone.

Paratroopers conducted a unique “tailgate” jump, donning the complete arctic  over-white winter uniform with ski equipment and the arctic sustainment packing  list as a rehearsal for upcoming airborne operations in northern Alaska next  year.

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Pic of the Day: USMC

10 12 2013

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Preparing for exercise Cold Reponse 2014

10 12 2013

A soldier guards the area around a CV9030, while it is having maintenance in field during winter exercise Cold Response 2012 (Photo: Torbjørn Kjosvold / Forsvarets mediesenter)

The international military Exercise Cold Response 2014 will probably be the largest ever, with 16.000 soldiers from 16 countries.

Recently 230 officers from all the participating countries gathered in Harstad, North Norway to plan next year’s exercise.  Cold Response is held biannually in North Norway and is one of the most important events for NATO to train in Arctic conditions.

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