Date: September 2017
In September 2017 the annual military drills Agile Spirit took place in Orpholo firing range near Akhaltsikhe. The multinational exercise involved a wide range of offensive and defensive trainings and was a true highlight for Georgian relations with its western partners. The exercise involves service members from Georgia, the United States, Bulgaria, Latvia, Romania, Ukraine and Armenia.
The US military sent a various armored vehicle including several iconic M1 Abrams main battle tanks as well as M88 recovery vehicle weighing 72t. LS Heavylift was tasked with the responsibility to transport the U.S military equipment from the port of Poti to the military drill site near Akhaltsikhe as well as move it back after the trainings were concluded.
Nowadays it is of upmost importance for Georgia to secure a place in the NATO alliance, and military drill such as Agile Spirit 2017 is slowly but steadily pushing the country to its goal. It was a tremendous privilege to take part in this project and play a part in helping our country on this difficult and challenging path.
Fun fact: a M1 Abrams main battle tank weights 62 tones roughly the same as 49 modern day Toyota Corollas.