Germany Wins Strong Europe Tank Challenge

Stars and Stripes is reporting that the tank platoon from the German Bundeswehr has won the Strong Europe Tank Challenge at Grafenwoehr Training Area.  This was the first such exercise held since 1991 and included tank platoons from six NATO countries, Germany, Poland, USA, Slovenia, Italy and Denmark.  The German platoon competed with the Leopard 2A6 main battle tank, while Denmark and Poland used the Leopard 2A5.  The US platoon compete with the Abrams M1A2, the Italian platoon with the Ariete MBT and Slovenia with the M-84.  The German team was rewarded the top prize while Denmark took second place and the Poles secured third place.  It seems bragging rights may be in order for the Leopard 2 tank.

According to an article from, the competition consisted of the following:

Platoons rotated throughout the three events, vying for a possible 1,000 points. Crews conducted both offensive and defensive operations involving fire and maneuver for 350 possible points in each lane.

Mounted orienteering had a possible 300 points that was combined from six 50-point tasks, including a mystery physical challenge that emphasized teamwork. Platoons navigated through an obstacle course with 13 challenges. Soldiers fired 10 rounds from three different locations using their own service weapons during the combat pistol shoot lane. The vehicle identification lane tested the platoons’ abilities to identify 25 friendly and threatening vehicles while traversing through a course. Crews had to recover, hook up and tow vehicles while under a simulated chemical attack. Finally, multinational teams reacted to an improvised explosive device, assessed and treated a casualty, and requested a medical evacuation.

Video of the Day: Italian Ariete at Tank Challenge

Here is some footage showing Italian Ariete tanks participating in the Strong Europe Tank Challenge event at Grafenwoehr Training Area.  The SETC is co-hosted by U.S. Army Europe and the German Bundeswehr, May 10-13, 2016. The competition is designed to foster military partnership while promoting NATO interoperability. Seven platoons from six NATO nations are competing in SETC – the first multinational tank challenge at Grafenwoehr in 25 years.

Strong Europe Tank Challenge

Here is a video and some photos promoting Strong Europe Tank Challenge 2016.

U.S. Army Europe and the German Bundeswehr will co-host the Strong Europe Tank Challenge at Grafenwoehr Training Area from May 10 – 12, 2016. The award ceremony will be on May 13, 2016.  This is the first Europe-wide tank challenge taking place at Grafenwoehr Training Area since 1991.  Seven NATO nations are scheduled to take part in the Strong Europe Tank Challenge – each sending a tank platoon to vie for first place. The participating nations are: Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Poland, Slovenia and the United States.   Each team will be tested on offensive and defensive operations as well as tasks including vehicle identification, battle damage assessment, mounted orienteering and more.  The Strong Europe Tank Challenge fosters military partnership while promoting NATO interoperability.

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