POTD: Vigilant Fox – Mixed Firearms

    Vigilant Fox

    Photo Of The Day: We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites for your viewing pleasure today. Grab a coffee or a glass of water, sit down, and relax for a while. Above you see a British soldier firing his SA80 during the Vigilant Fox exercise in Finland, with an interesting mix of firearms from around the world.

    Below: the Finnish PK machine gun.

    The captions read:

    The combat phase of the Vigilant Fox exercise has started today in Niinisalo.
    Today the focus of the exercise has been on maneuver training with the Pori Brigade’s Readiness Unit and the US troops engaging in offensive while the Readiness Units from Guard Jaeger Regiment and Karelia Brigade operated as an adversary alongside with UK troops. The joint exercising lasted from the first live fire drill in the early morning until the sunset.
    Below: Letting the heavy machine gun do the talking. To the best of my knowledge, this is the 12.7×108mm NSV, designated 12,7 Itkk 96 in Finland.

    The first day of combat phase went as planned and integration of techniques and tactics improved even further. Training alongside international partners offers an opportunity for mutual sharing of competence and skills especially for the Readiness Units of the Army when the command language is English. The goal of the combined training of the readiness units is to integrate our procedures with international partners in order to make the troops work efficiently both separately and together. Together we are more.

    A Finnish soldier with a laser targeting system attached.

    Below: I think the armies of Europe are rethinking the importance of anti-tank missiles.