Norwegian unit loses equipment in Taliban ambushes

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    Date Posted: 04-Jun-2010

    Jane's Defence Weekly

    Norwegian unit loses equipment in Taliban ambushes

    John Berg JDW Correspondent -Oslo

    An unofficial list from army sources has revealed that a Norwegian unit operating with the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan lost important equipment to Taliban insurgents in two ambushes in Ghowrmach province on 2 May.

    The Norwegian force of less than 20 had nine wounded, two of them seriously, after first being engaged at 200-600 m and then at close quarters near to the village of Tutak. Air support allowed the force to be extracted in IVECO light armoured vehicles after about six hours.

    The equipment that was left behind, some of it destroyed or at least partly damaged during the fighting, could not be completely destroyed by close air support assets due to civilians gathering immediately after the withdrawal. The equipment includes two 12.7 mm Barrett M82A1 anti-material rifles with significant amounts of ammunition, probably Nammo multipurpose; one 84 mm Carl Gustav recoilless rifle with significant amounts of ammunition, probably anti-personnel; two 5.56 mm FN Minimi light machine guns; two 7.62 mm HK G3 machine guns; advanced optical sights on all weapons and on one pair of infrared binoculars; a number of night-vision goggles; and one encrypted radio set, but without codebook.

    Contributing to the difficulty in extracting the equipment was the fact that most of it was mounted on four six-wheel all-terrain vehicles (ATV), which were also lost.

    Lieutenant Colonel John E Lien, director of communication and public affairs at the Norwegian Joint Headquarters, told Jane's : "The most important issue was that we managed to save all personnel out of this ambush situation. The equipment was left behind under heavy fire, and some of it is certainly damaged.

    "For obvious reasons, we don't want to be too specific about the type of equipment, but as indicated, there are different kinds of weapons in addition to four light ATVs that were lost."

    The colonel added that "great proficiency in all parts of the rescue operation - the fighting and decisions on the ground, the resolute action from the medevac helicopters in a hot landing zone and the two military hospitals in Maymaneh and Mazar-e-Sharif - all contributed to saving lives in this situation".
  2. It has happened before to all contingents - after all there is a war going on over there, right ?
  3. Lets just hope they try out the 84mm in a confined space..that should get rid of a few of them in one go :)
  4. Is it not common to call in air to deny equipment to the enemy? Personally, I'd like to think that they could have wired an ATV to explode when moved... but that's a big ask when under fire.
  5. In 2006, a French unit had to call a WAH-64 when one of its vehicle stopped because of contaminated fuel in the middle of a was the first time Brit Apaches were used in anger and it was against a French vehicle...the Apache crew was of course ecstatic....and destroyed the 4X4 in no time...
  6. almost makes the overspend on the apaches worthwhile! :twisted:
  7. Comes under the description "shit happens" I would think.
    Its not as if they accidently left any of it in a public toilet or some such is it?
  8. I can't help but think someone in Tehran's going to happily pay big bucks for the comms kit, keymat or not...
  9. msr

    msr LE

    Why? It is worthless without the crypto keys.