ER Editor: We’re really not sure what this keeping’em busy exercise is all about except that 7,000 conventionally trained French troops stand no chance against Russian forces in Ukraine. Discerning readers will know what we mean when we wonder about the involvement, or not, of the white hats.
See also this report from France 24 — ‘Orion’ military exercises: A fictitious war, but a real test for French troops
Apparently, these exercises are drawing in troops from a number of NATO countries:
But the latest military exercises are not lacking in either ambition or resources. With an estimated cost of €35 million, Orion 23 is being conducted on an unprecedented scale.
The exercises involve personnel from a range of European countries, including Britain, Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium and the Netherlands – as well as the United States.
The war games are being conducted in four phases over the next few months. Following the weekend’s manoeuvres, which were part of phase two operations after the phase one planning stage, French troops will conduct war games in the Massif de la Gardiole region north of Frontignan until March 11.
A civil-military phase three focusing on the civilian support operations backing the armed forces in the event of a major engagement (medical and transport services, etc.), the reserves and information warfare will last through the end of March.
The climax of the exercises is expected to come in the spring, from late April to early May, in northeastern France. Around 12,000 troops in total will be deployed on the ground and in the skies to repel a high-intensity air-land invasion of “Arnland” by “Mercure”.
This NATO link suggests that a PART of this exercise (a short, amphibious part) is NATO-related. But there is a curious lack of NATO references when doing an online search for this topic.
Readers may be interested in this link: Operation Orion: French Airspace Closures. So basically, French airspace is to be disrupted or closed. Why?
Orion 23, a historic military landing, takes place in FRANCE
Against the backdrop of the conflict in Ukraine and Moscow’s suspension of its participation in the New Start treaty, France is training to face a powerful enemy. Historic maneuvers involving 7,000 soldiers are being held until March 11 in the south of France.
🇫🇷 FLASH – #ORION, le “plus important exercice militaire jamais réalisé par les armées françaises depuis la fin de la guerre froide”, se déroule actuellement sur 14 départements. 7.000 militaires simulent une intervention à #Arnland, un pays fictif. (AFP) pic.twitter.com/hrf06KumnP
— Mediavenir (@Mediavenir) February 27, 2023
Unheard of for 30 years
Je suis ce matin à Frontignan avec nos militaires qui s’entraînent dans le cadre d’#Orion23.
Cet exercice interarmées et multinational d’une ampleur inédite depuis 30 ans est indispensable pour permettre à nos #armées de se préparer aux menaces d’aujourd’hui et de demain. pic.twitter.com/tgCbSvsBn3
— Patricia Miralles (@MIRALLESMP) February 26, 2023
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