The 1st Legion Motorized Infantry Battalion of the 12th Polish Mechanized Brigade arrived in Norway on Thursday evening, Mar. 10, 2022 to participate in NATO exercise Brilliant Jump 22. Before KTO Rosomak vehicles are permitted to drive on Norwegian roads a military veterinary team inspects them. The team ensures all sending nations have completed required biological border protection (BBP) measures of cleaning and disinfection prior to deployment. In the event the veterinary team discovers dirt or other biological material during inspection, a washing facility is available at the harbour for immediate corrections.
Approximately 160 troops as well as 32 pieces of equipment ranging from armoured personnel carriers to trucks and cars have arrived at the Norwegian port of Fredrikstad from Szczecin, Poland. They will now travel by road to the staging area in Rygge before participating in exercise activities near Rena. Since Norwegian authorities received certificates from the Polish Motorized Battalion documenting their BBP procedures, a veterinary team is present in Fredrikstad to do spot checks during disembarkation.
The Polish 1st Legion Motorized Infantry Battalion will not only participate in exercise Brilliant Jump 22 but also Norwegian-led exercise Cold Response. Cold Response is a defensive exercise under a NATO Article 5 scenario. The aim is to train the reinforcement of Allies under challenging climatic conditions, enhancing the readiness and capabilities of the participating forces. Up to 30,000 troops from 27 nations will participate, including NATO partner nations, Finland and Sweden.
The KTO Rosomak (Ko?owy Transporter Opancerzony Rosomak) (Wheeled armored personnel carrier Wolverine) is an 8×8 multi-role military vehicle produced by Rosomak S.A. (formerly Wojskowe Zak?ady Mechaniczne) in Siemianowice ?l?skie (Upper Silesia), a Polish Armaments Group company. The vehicle is a licensed variant of Patria’s armored modular vehicle. Rosomak – Infantry fighting vehicle variant with an Oto Melara Hitfist-30P gun turret armed with a 30 mm ATK Mk 44 chain gun and 7.62mm NATO UKM-2000C machine gun. The turret has advanced fire control systems with thermal sights and an Obra laser warning system connected to six 81 mm 902A ZM Dezamet smoke grenade launchers.