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Switzerland will host the largest military exercise since 1989

Nov 18, 2022

The Swiss Armed Forces will hold a joint exercise PILUM 22 from November 22 to 29 with the participation of five thousand troops - it will be the largest military exercise in the country since 1989.

This was announced by the Swiss Federal Council on Friday.

The exercise, which took two years to plan, will cover the Swiss cantons of Bern, Solothurn, Aargau, Lucerne, and Zurich. They aim to practice standard procedures and combat operations against armed groups.

"The goal is to assess the ability to defend the country and its inhabitants in the event of armed conflict, including on the ground. PILUM 22 will provide lessons on the current state of the ground forces and ways to develop them in the future," the Swiss government explains.

Four mechanized battalions, a logistics battalion, and a mountain infantry company will take part in the exercise, as well as other formations, in particular an electronic warfare group and a Special Operations Forces Command detachment.

Author - Olena Madiak, 18/11/2022

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