TALLINN - The active combat training stage of the Kevadtorm 2020 (Spring Storm 2020) military exercise of the Estonian defense forces kicked off early on Tuesday morning as units of the 1st Infantry brigade and NATO allied battle group began performing battle tasks against the defending units of the 2nd Infantry Brigade.
Early on Tuesday morning, the allied battle group began moving towards the positions of conscripts of the defense forces, the British and Danish troops will be joined by members of the defense forces' Scouts Battalion at noon, military spokespeople said. The attacking units have at their disposal close to 150 units of military equipment, including the Warrior infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) and CV90 combat vehicles, AS-90 self propelled guns, Scimitar reconnaissance vehicles, Challenger CR2 tanks, armored vehicle-launched bridges (AVLBs) and combat engineering vehicles.
The main trainees of the Spring Storm exercise are units trained on the basis of the Kuperjanov Infantry Battalion and the Viru Infantry Battalion. During the field exercise, the 1st Infantry Brigade, the main strength of which will consist of the Scouts Battalion and NATO allied battle group will play the role of the enemy.
Under the plan, the units and subunits taking part in Spring Storm will rehearse cooperation among them in the performance of battle tasks, the exercise has been divided into two -- a field exercise will take place from April 25 to 30, during which the participants will go through the given tactical situation, while live fire exercises will be taking place on the central training grounds from May 1 to 8, during which the cooperation of infantry and combat support units in a real battle situation will mainly be trained.
In addition to allies and the subunits of the 1st and 2nd infantry brigades, the Cyber Command, Air Force and Military Police will also be taking part in the exercise.
Spring Storm is an annual spring training exercise of the Estonian defense forces. The first Spring Storm exercise was held in 2003 in West-Viru County. Last year, the exercise took place from April 29 to May 17 in West-Viru County, East-Viru County, Harju County and Jogeva County.