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Multinational Exercise Iron Wolf to begin on Saturday: tanks, armoured vehicles, artillery systems will move to defence positions across Lithuania


On June 8 two-week international Exercise Iron Wolf 2019-1 begins. Approximately 4,000 soldiers from 10 countries will train not only in military training areas of Gaižiūnai (Jonava region) and General Sivestras Žukauskas (Švenčionys region) but also in civilian territories and their surroundings. Columns of military vehicles will drive to exercise sites via public roads and urban areas.

"Lithuanian soldiers and troops of other NATO countries are taking part in the exercise with different types of combat equipment , exercise operations will receive air support from NATO allies air capabilities. The goal of the exercise is to integrate all these instruments into a coherent battle system through efficient planning, deploying to the battlefield and fighting. It is going to be the largest exercise in this semester that we get to act alongside our NATO allies," Exercise Director Commander of the Mechanised Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf Col Mindaugas Steponavičius says.

The exercise will focus on training planning and execution of defence and interoperability with allies and partners while conducting operations in units assigned to the Mechanised infantry Brigade Iron Wolf - NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group, King Mindaugas Hussar Battalion and Duke Vaidotas Mechanised Infantry Battalion.

Aside from the organisers of the exercise, Lithuanian military, and German, Belgian, Czech, Dutch, and Norwegian soldiers serving in the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group, the exercise will also include training audience from the United Kingdom, Estonia, United States, and Poland.

During the exercise, combat equipment will be moved from deployment areas to assembly areas and areas of operations in order to train mobility and ability to reach any part of Lithuania quickly and to conduct defence and destroy enemy forces in that area. Approximately 1,000 military vehicles (tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, armoured personnel carriers, artillery systems, supply and administrative transport) will be moving on Lithuanian roads at different points.


On the second week units will train in "force on force" complex field training exercise and practise live fire at firing ranges in military training areas.

Exercise Iron Wolf is a multinational exercise held to evaluate readiness to plan and conduct military operations of each rotation of the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group and two of the Battalions subordinate to the Mechanised Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf.

For the Media:

DV and Media Day of Exercise Iron Wolf is planned to take place on June 21.

More information on the Exercise: Project Officer of MIB Iron Wolf Maj Skomantas Povilionis,+370 612 78315.

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