Inside Intense Firefights With Special Force - Estonian, Latvia And Lithuanian Forces Training
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The Baltic Battalion -- not to be confused with the Battalion of the same name formed in the 1990’s – is a new initiative combining Estonian, Latvia and Lithuanian forces. In 2014, the battalion began preparations for the 2016 rotation of the NATO Response Force (NRF) and is due to be certified for the NRF later this year. Exercise Gungnir is the first joint training of all the BALTBAT elements, simulating an attack by enemy forces on the Latvian capital Riga. This year BALTBAT will take part in Exercise Saber Strike 2015 in Latvia in June and in Exercise Trident Junction 2015 in Spain in October. The trilateral battalion was formed for standby in the NRF by two Estonian combat companies, one company from Lithuania and one from Latvia, anti-tank platoons from Lithuania and Estonia, one Lithuanian mortar platoon and one support element, and a trilateral staff, totaling roughly 1000 soldiers.
Soldiers in this videos are using HK G36, The Heckler & Koch G36 assault rifle is a model designed by the company Heckler & Koch.
At the end of the Cold War and the reunification of Germany, the Bundeswehr was facing a dilemma. The HK G11 and G41 HK had been abandoned and left alone while the G3 in service. It was admittedly a powerful weapon, but its 7.62mm NATO ammunition did not fit the NATO standard that had adopted the 5.56 mm. In addition, the G3 was heavy and cumbersome. The need for a more modern weapon was needed.
The German army had three options: keep the G3 despite its obsolescence, adopt the AK-74 which the defunct German Democratic Republic left but large stocks of ammunition (5.45 mm M74 × 39) was not that of NATO standard, or develop an entirely new weapon. This last solution was selected.
Soldiers in this videos are also using Browning M2, the Browning M2 is a heavy machine gun chambered in 12.7 x 99 mm, a munition also known as the .50 BMG.
The design of the M2 back to the end of the First World War. It is the brainchild of John Moses Browning and shows an unusual longevity. It knows many designations and is the main weapon chambrant powerful ammunition of 12.7 mm which is a NATO standard.
Throughout her career, it has experienced the test of fire many times, especially during World War II. It is still active today in many armies, and is also produced in Belgium by FN Herstal company since the 1930s (Browning has become a subsidiary of the Belgian company).
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