During the exercise NATO soldiers conduct live firing, anti-tank exercises, infantry patrols and engineering tasks, before culminating in a 'force on force' attack and defend training serial, with Estonian colleagues from the Scouts Battalion and the Estonian Defence League posing as the adversary. This year, exercise Winter Camp also includes co-ordination between ground and air forces each day. F-16 fighter jets from the Belgian Air Force, currently stationed at Ämari Air Base in Estonia as part of the NATO Air Policing mission, will provide the air support, enhancing the training for Joint Terminal Attack Controllers, whose role is to direct actions of the aircraft and call in airstrikes.
"Fighting force on force with soldiers from Scouts Battalion and Defence League while at the same time being tested by Estonian winter and difficult terrain will provide a unique learning opportunity for the battlegroup," said commander of 1st Infantry Brigade colonel Andrus Merilo.
Winter Camp will definitely develop United Kingdom, French and Estonian
soldiers' and their commanders' skills. They will practice how to
maintain combat capabilities of personnel and fighting vehicles and
learn how to conduct offensive and defensive actions in winter
conditions in the most effective way.