Slovaks to take part in Tank Challenge in Germany

AROUND 40 members of the Slovak Armed Forces will take part in the Tank Challenge international military exercise in Germany in May, as the government approved a proposal for the deployment of Slovak soldiers to the exercise on January 27.

Eyericse at Lešť, illustrative stock photo.Eyericse at Lešť, illustrative stock photo. (Source: Sme )

It also approved the deployment of Slovak military personnel to other international exercises, including in Hungary, where an exercise for military divers will be held, and in the Czech Republic, where sniper training will take place.

Slovak military helicopter pilots will be sent to the Amadeus exercise in Austria in April to practise flying in mountainous areas. Up to 135 special forces’ soldiers will go to Poland in May to train in tactical procedures during the Anakonda 2016 exercise.

Moreover, soldiers from abroad will be dispatched to Slovak training areas, the TASR newswire wrote. An exercise involving toxic chemicals will take place in Zemianske Kostoľany in the Trenčín Region, with military chemists from Belgium, Austria, the USA, the Czech Republic and France all participating.

The Lešť training area in the Banská Bystrica Region will be the site of a special forces’ exercise including around 20 American soldiers and also an exercise in urban area combat, with approximately 100 Polish soldiers taking part.

In total, Slovak soldiers will participate in 24 exercises abroad and several aviation days, while 34 various exercises with foreign armies’ participation is slated to take place in the first half of 2016, the SITA newswire wrote on January 27. 

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