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March 6, 2015

In sweltering heat, a detachment of French soldiers make progress during a search-and-destroy mission looking for weapons caches in the north of Mali.

The French forces of Operation Barkhane, deployed to support the security forces of the states of the Sahel and the United Nations Mission In Mali, continue to track down the terrorists and armed groups responsible for the destabilization of the Sahelo-Saharan strip.

 Photo credit: Staff of the Armed Forces / ECPAD

The Professional’s Insight Part 2: Setting Up A Covert OP

UF PRO give us a glimpse behind the curtains as they follow an elite team of soldiers deployed behind enemy lines performing a hostage rescue operation.

In this second part of their video trilogy, the viewer will discover some of the tactical procedures and the gear used when operating in enemy territory.

UF PRO Part 2

Friday Foto

CJOAX night

Nearly one thousand paratroopers from 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division and the British 16 Air Assault Brigade descended onto Holland Drop zone during CJOAX 2015 – the largest combined exercise of its kind held on Fort Bragg in nearly 20 years.

Photo by Capt. Joe Bush, 82nd Airborne DIVARTY

Russian airborne forces get new combat gear for Arctic mission

In a related story, the Russian MoD reports that their paratroopers will be getting equipped with a new outfit is to ensure they can operate comfortably in the Far North and transpolar regions at air temperatures of -50 degrees Celsius.

Paratroopers of the Airborne Forces formation in Ivanovo (Central Russia) will get new combat garments for the Far North and transpolar missions, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman for the VDV Lieutenant Colonel Yevgeny Meshkov said on Tuesday.


According to him, the paratroopers’ combat garment comprises several elements in which soldiers can take dynamic actions and also remain motionless for a long time in the cold. “Paratroopers in this garment will be able to wait out strong winds with sleet not suffering health damage even staying motionless. The uniform is designed for quick change and putting on of any of the garment element depending on the conditions,” the spokesman said.

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The Cold War heating up again in the Arctic?

Russian paratroopers to conduct drill landing on Arctic ice floe.

© Yuri Smityuk/TASS

© Yuri Smityuk/TASS

Looking like something out of the Cold War thriller “Ice Station Zebra”, Russian paratroopers will participate in a humanitarian search and rescue expedition training exercise in the Arctic.   Paratroopers from Russia’s Ivanovo and Pskov airborne divisions and rapid reaction forces from the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) member states are preparing for landing on a drifting Arctic ice floe, Russian Airborne Force spokesman Yevgeny Meshkov said on Monday.


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