The "Cenzub"

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    CENZUB*, le Centre d’entrainement aux actions en zone urbaine, is a unique facility located near Sissonne in northern France dedicated to the training of ground troops. It is the largest training area of its type in Europe. Spread over 10 square miles, it comprises of two replica villages complete with real houses, school buildings and streets as well as a live-firing range.

    These are used by troops to gain practical experience of operations within a challenging urban environment, similar to what they can expect to find in conflict zones around the world.
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    CENZUB offers several varied urban training environments:
    • Technical and tactical skills acquisition module (Module d'acquisition des savoir-faire techniques et tactiques - MASTTAC)
    A street with roofless houses. Instructors are able to observe trainees and to move ahead to adjust the environment during training sessions.
    • Beausejour
    The village of Beausejour consists of 63 differing houses, many varied obstacles (barriers, barricades, rubble), different types of streets (wide, narrow, S or cleared). It consists of different modules:
    • the village itself
    • a slum area in which it is impossible to enter with vehicles
    • a caravan camp
    • street created from container 20 feet to revise expertise
    • a hamlet intended to show various ways in which a building could be "hardened", ie, made more defensible (installation of sandbags on the floors, trapping, etc).
    • the ammunition depot: a former warehouse that delivers feed-back of tactical know-how (progressions formed unit)
    • Thuillots
    An "old town" district located in the military camp, still partially occupied, especially by CENZUB's mechanical workshops. It simulates the outskirts of a village (woods, road, field, track) with several large buildings.
    • Jeoffrecourt
    The village of Jeoffrecourt represents a town of 5000 inhabitants, with tall buildings, commercial areas. It will simultaneously engage all military resources, including infantry, armour, artillery, engineers and aircraft. It has a main objective of training and restitution.
    • Urban firing complex (Complexe de Tir en Zone UrBaine - CT ZUB)
    This range enables firing in an urban environment to add realism to the training.
    • Opposing force (FORce ADverse - FORAD)
    105 personnel (including women) act as opposing forces or civilians for realism. They are structured as a mixed company with two infantry sections on VAB armoured personnel carriers or trucks, a tank platoon with AMX-30 tanks and an engineering section equipped with MPG and EBG. This unit is able to play the role of a regular combat unit, militia, or civilian refugees, depending on the scenario.
     
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    Sometimes,soldiers from other European armies come to train in the CENZUB,such as the British and the Germans. ;) @Bundeswehr



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