Russian live fire training
By 2Lt Alexis Clement
- One of a soldier's duties is to train and practice to keep a sufficient
technical level. In the Russian Battle Group, soldiers and their staff
apply this rule strictly. Shooting competitions are organised on a nearby
firing, belonging to 3 Corps of the VRS (Army of the Republika Srpska).
often as possible, these shooting exercises are organised jointly with
another Battle Group of the Multinational Division allowing units to
test each others weapons. The paras of 3 Company of the 2nd Parachutist
Battalion soldiers trained with their weapons June 28.
the 25 meter shooting range, the troops fired with the PM 9mm. On the
300 meter range, the whole company shot fixed targets situated at 200,
250 and 300 meters with their AK 74 calibre 5.45mm and their SVD (sniper
rifle). Some soldiers then fired on old wrecked tanks with an RPG and
antitank munitions, then with the 14.5 mm machine guns of their armoured
organisation of shooting exercises like this one takes a lot of time.
The company is divided into small groups and pass in different areas
where security rules are emphasised before they pass to the shooting
phase. An ambulance and three radios must be present on the site. Security
is the priority.