The exercise lasted for ten days and were the biggest of its kind in Poland this year, involving some 18,000 soldiers and 2,500 pieces of equipment.
“Dragon-19 is the biggest exercise held in 2019 on Polish soil. Exercise is carried out with the support of NATO allied forces and is connected with a series of other exercises: Noble Jump, Baltops, Capable Logistician, Tobruq Legacy, the certification of the Brigade Command Very High Readiness Joint Task Force-20 and Join Task Force OPBMR-CBRND TF,” explained the head of the exercise, Lieutenant General Jarosław Mika.
The exercise was carried out on land, air and sea, as well as in cyberspace. The main part of it was held in the Drawsko Pomorskie training area, the biggest of its kind in Europe.
Among the allied forces involved were the Italian armoured forces. Their C-1 Ariete main battle tanks and Panzerhaubitze 2000 self-propelled artillery joined forces with Polish Leopard 2A4 tanks and WR-40 Langusta rocket artillery. They were supported from the air by Mi-24 attack helicopters and Su-22 close support aeroplanes, as well as by F-16 fighters.
“It’s important for me, that the Polish Armed Forces are a force proven when it comes to their fighting abilities and this is the main goal of the exercises, but it is also important to me, that the soldiers of the Polish Armed forces cooperated with our NATO allies and this is another goal of the Dragon-19 exercise,” said Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak.
“Training together with North Atlantic Alliance soldiers is a guarantee of good cooperation. The North Atlantic Alliance is the strongest alliance in history, an alliance of states that are in solidarity with one another.”