SOFIA, Bulgaria, (BulgarianMilitary.com) – For another year, the Bulgarian Army will conduct the tactical training exercise Strike Back. This year’s combat shooting drill will be held in the period between 16th and 19th October, at the Field Training Ground Koren. According to the announcement of the Bulgarian Ministry of Defence, the theme of Strike Back 2018 will be “A reinforced mechanized battalion, operating as a front-line squad in a defensive operation”, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
Along with the 42nd Mechanized Infantry Battalion, Yambol, in Strike Back 2018, will be involved about 700 servicemen and 172 units of combat and special equipment. More specifically, in the tactical training near the town of Haskovo, will participate soldiers and equipment, assigned to the 2nd Mechanized Brigade, as well as a tank platoon from the Specialists Training Center, Sliven, a smoke platoon from the 38th Nuclear, Chemical, Biological Protection and Ecology Regiment, Musachevo, a platoon for signal reconnaissance and electronic warfare from the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, Svoboda, cadets from “Vassil Levski” National Military University, and Air Force servicemen and aircraft.
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An officer, responsible for the conducting of the tactical exercise is set to be the Commander of the 2nd Mechanized Brigade, Brigadier General Kostadin Kuzmov, and as a director of Strike Back 2018 is assigned to be Col. Nedyalko Nikov, deputy commander of 2nd Mechanized Brigade.
The upcoming drill not only aims to improve the training of the servicemen but also to enhance the cooperation of the participating military units during performing missions, related to occupation of a defense area, as well as its camouflage, and deployment of engineering equipment on its territory. During the tactical training, the participants will also carry out operations for defense and restrain in event of enemy attack.
The last day of Strike Back 2018 (19 October) is planned to be a day for the high-ranking guests who will attend the Field Training Ground Koren. Then, the troops, participating in the exercise, will demonstrate the level of their capabilities in performing actions during a defensive operation.
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Source: MoD of the Republic of Bulgaria