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MADRID ($1=0.97 Euros) — The Spanish Army’s Leopard tanks won the armored vehicle category in the Iron Spear shooting competition held in Latvia at the Adazi base between 14 and 17 November. Specifically, two Leopard tanks participated in this exercise along with their respective crews from the Spanish contingent deployed in NATO’s Enhanced Extended Presence mission in the country. Two other Pizarro APCs also competed in the APC category, finishing seventh.
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In this edition of Iron Spear, 34 teams from 13 NATO countries tested the capabilities of armored cars and vehicles and the shooting and driving skills of their crews.
This multi-national exercise started with a joint firing demonstration during the day by all participants and another at night to conduct Iron Spear driving and shooting competitions in the following days.
Defense Headquarters [EMAD] emphasizes that these types of activities aim to foster a spirit of improvement and encourage all aircrews from member nations to achieve the best levels of training and interoperability. On this occasion, he added, NATO demonstrated its capacity to fire and react, as well as its commitment to deterrence and collective defense, if necessary, of the Baltic states and Poland.
The mission of the Allied deployment in Latvia is to deter any attempt at aggression against the territory of that country. “Spain not only reaffirms its commitment to collective defense but also contributes effectively to national defense beyond its borders,” emphasizes EMAD.
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