Italian Army successfully completes Kinetic I 2020 exercise

The Kinetic is led by the "Friuli" Air Brigade and aims to test the combat capabilities of personnel who will soon be deployed in overseas operations.

UH-90 and AH-129 helicopters during Kinetic I 2020 exercise.

On June 19, 2020, the Italian Army completed two main exercises this year, the Kinetic I / 2020 "Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR)" and Kinetic I / 2020 "Resolute Support Mission (RSM)". They were planned to consolidate the combat capabilities and verify the operational readiness of the "Fenice" and "Griffon" Task Groups.

The training activity, leaded by the "Friuli" Air Brigade, lasted eight weeks and took place at the air bases of the Italian Army in Casarsa della Delizia, home of the 5th "Rigel" Regiment, and in Rimini, home of the 7th Regiment "Vega" and surrounding areas. 

The exercises involved five UH-90 multirole helicopters and four AH-129 “Mangusta” attack helicopters. The activities included missions of varying complexity and increasing intensity to test the training level of the personnel of the two Task Gorups. All activities were conducted in compliance with national directives on the containment of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Thanks to the large experience acquired by the personnel of the "Friuli" Air Brigade during several oveases operations, the missions have been planned in order to improve the synergy between the Units involved: the 66th "Trieste" Infantry Regiment, the 7th "Vega" Regiment, the 5th "Rigel" Regiment and Army Aviation Command.

The exercises also marked the operational debut of the first UH-90 female pilot, belonging to the 5th "Rigel".

The Commander of the "Friuli" Air Brigade, General Stefano Lagorio, expressed great satisfaction with the excellent conduct of the exercises. They complete a long training process that involved all the Units of the Air Brigade.

Written by Matteo Sanzani
Source, Image: "Friuli" Air Brigade

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