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New Zealand is participating in the multinational exercise Talisman Saber 2023 in Australia, using the VCBR LAV and NH90 helicopters.

New Zealand is participating in the multinational exercise Talisman Saber 2023 in Australia, using the VCBR LAV and NH90 helicopters.

The New Zealand Armed Forces continue to participate in the joint multinational exercise “Talisman Saber 2023”. It is one of the most important in the region, starting on July 22 in Queensland, Australia and lasting until August 4.

In this edition, around 30,000 military personnel from Fiji, France, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, United Kingdom, Canada and Germany and the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand are participating. Spectators of exercise. Specifically, the New Zealand Armed Forces (Army, Navy and Air Force) joined forces from the United States, France, Fiji and Australia to form the “RAM” battle group tasked with securing the Western Corridor at Townsville. A field training area to ensure the advance of a platoon in the face of an enemy force’s encirclement.

Initially, LAV light armored vehicles and New Zealand infantry, along with French forces, worked to clear the area, French, Australian and Fijian troops joined in the attack, helicarried by UH-60 BlackHawk, CH-47 Chinook. , the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s MRH-90 Taipan and NH90 helicopters. The capture and detention maneuver of the occupying forces was completed.

About the training “Talisman Saber 2023”.

It is one of the most important joint and joint exercises of the royal family. Hosted by Australia and supported by the United States, the 2023 edition focuses on planning and conducting a high-level war scenario designed to enhance combat readiness, deploy combat capabilities and systems, and improve the interoperability of personnel and intermodal forces. .

It will consist of field training exercises that include force preparation activities, amphibious landings, ground maneuvers and air and maritime combat operations.

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The New Zealand Armed Forces (NZDF) deployed two New Zealand Army infantry regiments with 20 LAV light armored vehicles, nine heavy operational vehicles, three NH90 helicopters with Royal New Zealand Air Force rotary wing units and support staff.

*Image credit: New Zealand Armed Forces

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