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26 juin 2014 4 26 /06 /juin /2014 15:10
British and French airborne forces train together


26.06.2014 by British Army


Exercise Tears of the Sun, which took place this week in Toulouse, France, is a key interoperability exercise between 16 Air Assault Brigade and 11e Brigade Parachutiste (11e BP), which is at the forefront of closer military co-operation between Britain and France.

Both brigades are rapid reaction forces, held at high readiness to deploy on operations anywhere in the world. They form the Intermediate Combined Joint Expeditionary Force (I-CJEF) for contingency operations, ranging from disaster relief to war fighting, The concept, brought about in early 2013, has been developed by both the French and the British forces over the last 18 months and this exercise provides an opportunity for both armies to plan and fight, side by side .

Helicopters from Joint Helicopter Command, as well as French aircraft, bolstered the two airborne infantry battlegroups to provide a potent fighting force that was exercised in a number of different scenarios. Tears of the Sun gives both nations’ troops the chance to work through a theoretical joint mission, further understand their similarities and differences and prove that they are able to operate alongside each other.

16 Air Assault Brigade is the British Army’s largest brigade with some 6,200 soldiers, combining the speed and agility of airborne and air assault troops with the potency of Apache attack helicopters.


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13 décembre 2013 5 13 /12 /décembre /2013 12:40
Russian Military to Recruit 500,000 Professional Soldiers by 2022


December 12th, 2013 defencetalk.com (RIA Novosti)


Russia’s military will have 500,000 soldiers serving on professional contracts within a decade, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Tuesday.


Half of the armed forces will be made up of professional service personnel by 2022 under plans to shift away from conscripts and more than double the number of contract soldiers from the present 220,000.


But Shoigu also acknowledged at an expanded meeting of the Defense Ministry Board that Russia’s armed forces are currently short of nearly one in five troops.


“At present, the Russian military has 82 percent of the required manpower,” Shoigu said.


“We have prioritized full manning of airborne, special forces, naval infantry and peacekeeping units, including those involved in ensuring security during the Winter Olympics in Sochi.”


Russia is undertaking major reform of the military that includes plans to spend $650 billion by 2020 on new equipment and a transition from a conscript army to a largely professional force.


But it has struggled with a shortage of recruits as a result of draft dodging and a shrinking pool of eligible conscripts. Draft evasion and demographic decline have forced the Defense Ministry to halve the number of conscripts in five consecutive recruitment periods since autumn 2011.


The military needs to enrol about 300,000 men during each draft to keep the number of personnel at the required level of 1 million. All Russian men between the ages of 18 and 27 are obliged by law to perform one year of military service.


Shoigu said the Defense Ministry would continue the practice of large-scale snap-alert drills in 2014 to check the combat readiness of the armed forces.


The Russian military has held six surprise inspections of combat readiness and most of the 750 planned army-level exercises since the beginning of this year.


Shoigu said the exercises helped create a realistic picture of the current state of the Russian armed forces and adjust arms procurement plans for various branches of the military.

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