The “ARGO 2023” exercise ended yesterday in the presence of the Chief of Staff of the Army, General of the Italian Army Corps General Support Operational Forces of the Army Corps Massimo Scala and various military, civil and religious authorities of Piacenza. The activity, in which all the departments of the Engineer Brigade took part, with the help of some units of the Army, allowed to test the level of interoperability for the various departments involved.
The first phase of the exercise, conducted by the engineers of Castel Maggiore, allowed to verify the ability to implement all the different types of railway activities in the management of a station. In particular, for the first time, the strategic transport of motorized floating bridge material (PGM), loaded on railway platforms, was tested on railway lines.
In the second phase, at the “Scalo Po” training area in Piacenza, the bridges and pioneers of the Army were called to restore ordinary roads along the main lines of communication through the laying of a recently acquired “Janson Panel Bridge”. The main Force Protection systems for the security of the Command Posts and some dog pairs for the search for mines and explosives were also deployed. In addition, the use of remotely piloted assets was tested in the reclamation of improvised explosive devices.
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