Armed Forces

Polish Leopard 2A5 Tanks Involved in a Laser-Training Firing Exercise

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Crews of the Polish Leopard 2A5 tanks belonging to the 34th Armoured Cavalry Brigade have started their field training. Its scope includes AGDUS laser-system firing training.

Within the field training, the most important, and one of the most spectacular activities,  the live-fire training involving the Leopard 2A5 tanks, is to be expected in the future, as it has not yet been carried out within the current operation. Firstly, the Polish tank crews are perfecting their skills within the scope of precise observation, target detection and fire control with the use of the AGDUS laser simulator, which makes it possible to conduct fire training, without the need of using live rounds – according to cpt. Rafał Nowak of the 34th Armoured Cavalry Brigade.

The exercise is conducted by firing a laser beam, which simulates the live fire. Sensors installed on the surface of the armour record the hits, and the computer systems makes it possible for the crews to find their mistakes and adjust the way they operate accordingly. The tank crews are using these devices in order to perfect their accuracy. They are able to get acquainted with their equipment, own skills and limitations. This type of simulators offers a great potential within the scope of carrying out fire and tactical trainings for the Leopard tank crews – as we are assured by cpt. Nowak.

Capable and reliable equipment in the firing range is the basic building block. Still, my soldiers will be involved in a series of tactical and firing classes, which are going to prepare them for live-firing operations.

Commander of the 1st Tank Battalion, Lt. Col. Kasperski.

After the tanks return to the base, every-day maintenance of the tanks and their armament is being carried out, before the next set of activities commences.