Afghan war zone recreated in Norfolk

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  1. Afghan war zone recreated in Norfolk

    CHRIS HILL
    Last updated: 30/04/2009 17:21:00

    Opening of new MOD Middle Eastern training facilities at Stanta which consist of a rural village and urban complex designed by OPTAG to train troops heading to Afghanistan.
    As Britain finally pulled out of one Middle Eastern conflict, the army reaffirmed its long-term commitment to another by opening a £14m training facility in Norfolk today.

    Two entire villages have been constructed at the vast Stanta training area near Thetford, modelled on Afghan war zones now most likely to confront British soldiers following the withdrawal from Iraq.

    It is the first facility of its kind in the country, designed by the Operational Training Advisory Group (Optag) to replicate the cultural and tactical challenges of the war in Afghanistan.

    The Rural Middle Eastern Village contains single-storey compounds linked by a claustrophobic network of high-walled alleys and a bustling central marketplace, stocked with plastic fruit and mea
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  2. Should be very good training, about time that we got this thing up and running.
     
  3. Does ANYONE who is being deployed there get to train there??
     
  4. And that cost 14 million quid?! It looks like a half arsed MAC task.
     
  5. Why build one in norfolk? You can go to bradford and get the real thing. :roll:
     
  6. They needed the mountains.
     
  7. Yeah, but here they do live fire house clearing and nobody would complain
     
  8. As does the whole of Afganistan.
     
  9. Now they just need to house some Afghan asylum seekers there and you'll really get the atmospherics needed :twisted:

    TBH I could have offered to have built it for half the price with a few ISO's some mud and some decking from B&Q.
     
  10. Command_doh

    Command_doh LE Book Reviewer

    They might be hard to come by in the U.K. seeing as a fair proportion of those claiming to be Afghani have never been there in their lives.
     
  11. I remember seeing a Youtube clip/docu on the American version of OPTAG and they actually hire loads of American Iraqis to work there as civpop and insurgents.

    Good training by all accounts.