Cold weather capabilities are one of those things that every nation wants to have, but nobody wants to go through the necessary training to develop it. Fighting in desert environments and cold weather theaters are two totally different ball games. Most soldiers that have served in the Middle East will tell you the heat can become withering, but not many know the beast that is sub-zero temperatures.
Because of this, U.S. Marines got together with Combined Arms Company in Rena, Norway, to conduct a live-fire training exercise using tanks and Light Armored Vehicles to hone their cold weather skills. With several Norwegian Army soldiers acting as safety officers for the range, gunners took advantage of the occasion to maximize the weapons’ shooting efficiency in frosty situations. This was one of various live-fire exercises in the weeks leading up to Exercise Cold Response 16, where U.S. and Norwegian forces conducted bilateral training in order to enhance the U.S. service members’ warfighting capabilities in cold weather environments. Undoubtedly a necessary skill.
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