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Danish tanks exercise on Barbara Range

By 2Lt Alexis Clement
First published in
SFOR Informer #88, May 24, 2000

Glamoc - In an effort to measure the operational capabilities of their units and verify the good working order of their weapon systems, Danish armoured troops head to the fields of Glamoc every six months to conduct live-fire exercises.

"The aim of this exercise is to provide an opportunity for the men to become confident with their weapon systems," explained Danish Col. P. Kiaevskou, Nordpol Brigade Commander. "In addition, the exercise allows us to verify the technical skills of less experienced soldiers and to verify the good working order of our tanks."

From May 15-17, the second squadron of the SJLR (Sea/Land Light Regiment) conducted such an exercise. On May 16, U.S. Brig. Gen. Michael H. Taylor, Deputy Commander, MND-North and Kiaevskou attended the exercise of the 2nd Platoon, staffed by Lt. Thomas Jellesmark.

"General Taylor is appreciated by the men because he is close to his troops," said Danish Capt. Klaus Billenstein, Senior Planner and former commander of the squadron. "He's a very accessible and visible commander who's involved in the soldiers training, which really enhances their training. Because of his involvement, the exercise seemed less routine for the men and had greater meaning."

Providing assistance for the exercise is a myriad of support organisations which include transportation, security and a medical team. The platoon is equipped with a light scouting vehicle and three Leopard 1 tanks (see frame) to carry out their mission.



Date of introduction: 1963
Technical Characteristics:
Weight: 42 Ton
V10 motor 830 horsepower
Maximum speed: 65 km/hs
Consumption: 175 to 325 ls /100 km
560 km range

Crew: 4 men
Tank chief, driver, gunner and loader

Cannon: 105 mms
Machine gun: coaxial: 7,62 mms
On turret: 7,62 mms
Laser range finder
Night vision device
NBC pressurisation device

Related links:
Training and Exercises
The Nations of SFOR: Denmark