On 18th October this year, the Serbian armed forces launched a three-week joint exercise of active and reserve forces, codenamed ´Manoeuvres 2022´ (Маневри 2022). The exercise includes an intensive training of Special Operation Forces, supported by aircraft of the Serbian Air Force and Air Defence (Ратно ваздухопловство и противваздухопловна одбрана Војске Србије).
Training of the SOF units was executed last week at ´Pasuljanske livade´ training ground, in the eastern part of the country. Personnel of the 72nd Special Operations Brigade and the 63rd Parachute Brigade performed a combined airborne operation against ground targets, with close cooperation of the Serbian Air Force helicopter crews.
The main goal of that exercise was to maintain and enhance capabilities of the Serbian SOF units. Combat teams were airlifted to operational area by rotorcraft and then executed live-fire training against mock enemy positions. Day- and night-time helicopter landings were also practised during that exercise, as well as combat search and rescue operations.
The ´Manoeuvres 2022´ exercise is scheduled to conclude on 6th November 2022. Among its main activities planned for the current, final stage of the training, there is also an anti-tank combat exercise that is going to be executed at ´Orešac´ firing range.
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