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Crews of Tu-22m3 long-range bombers of the Russian Aerospace Forces and Su-34 bombers of the Western Military District performed bombing at a training ground near Smolensk as part of the West-2021 joint strategic exercise of the armed forces of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus.

The pilots performed the use of aerial bombs on ground targets, denoting armored vehicles, concrete shelters, camouflaged, fortified underground command posts of the imaginary enemy.

During the air strike, the crews operated in pairs and units. Combat use was carried out from heights of about 1000 meters.

Fighter cover for the actions of strike aviation was carried out by the crews of the Su-30cm aircraft of the Western Military District.

In total, about 20 tactical and long-range aircraft were involved in combat flights.

The joint strategic exercise (SSU) of the armed forces of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus is held every two years in accordance with the decision made by the heads of the two states.

Exercise “West-2021” is the final stage of joint training of the armed forces of the Republic of Belarus and the Russian Federation this year.

Practical actions of troops (forces) take place from 10 to 16 September 2021 at nine training grounds located on the territory of the Russian Federation, in the waters of the Baltic Sea, as well as at five training grounds of the armed forces of the Republic of Belarus.

In total, up to 200 thousand personnel, about 80 aircraft and helicopters, up to 760 units of military equipment, including 290 tanks, 240 guns, multiple launch rocket systems, take part in the SSU “West-2021” on the territory of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus and mortars, as well as up to 15 ships.

The maximum number of personnel of military units involved in training, subject to the Vienna Document 2011, on the territory of the Russian Federation does not exceed 6400 military personnel.

The return of military command and control bodies and troops to the points of permanent deployment after participation in the exercise is planned until mid-October of this year.

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