VIDEO: Winter mech infantry prowess solidified after US Stryker exercise ({{commentsTotal}})


An two-week US Stryker regiment exercise that saw NATO allies from the US and the Netherlands fight a mock battle with Estonian Scouts Battalion over tough winter terrain in Estonia came to an end last night.

Captain James Gibbs of the US Army said the exercise gave them a chance to test their troops and equipment in unfamiliar conditions, and added that his men and women, many of whom hail from Texas, got a great deal of new experiences and skills. Gibbs added that the US armaments and machinery worked well, the only slight concern was steering armored vehicles on slippery terrain.

The exercise culminated in the weekend with a mock battle, with the US troops and the Defense League's battle group protecting their positions from the attacks of the Scouts Battalion and the Dutch armored infantry brigade.

Earlier last week, one of the Estonian army's Sisu armored personnel carriers and a Dutch Boxer armored vehicle collided during an exercise. The Boxer's driver, a Dutch serviceman, was injured and taken to hospital.

This was the fifth time the Scouts Battalion was holding a winter combat exercise but was the first one attended by the US and Dutch forces. The likes of the CV9035 armored vehicles used by the Dutch unit will also soon be used by the Estonians.

Editor: M. Oll

+{{cc.replyToName}} {{cc.body}}
No comments yet.
Logged in as {{user.alias}}. Log out
Login failed

Register user/reset password

Name needs to be fewer than 32 characters long
Comment needs to be fewer than 600 characters long

Estonia’s way into the future isn’t a race

There is a lack of connection between the Estonian state, and the people who live here. While it expects a lot of the state, Estonian society doesn’t seem ready to contribute, writes Viktor Trasberg.

Lotman: Security academy would be crucial Estonian identity point in Narva

In an opinion piece published by Eesti Päevaleht, Tallinn University professor Mihhail Lotman found it important to overcome the mental barrier separating Ida-Viru County from the rest of Estonia.

About us

Staff & contacts | Comments rules

Would you like to contribute an article, a feature, or an opinion piece?

Let us know: