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In preparation for the active stage of the Zapad-2021 joint strategic exercise of the armed forces of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus, units of the airborne regiment of the Tula Guards Airborne Force of the Airborne Forces were transferred from the Ryazan region to Ulyanovsk by Il-76 aircraft of the military transport aviation of the Russian Aerospace Forces.

Earlier, at the Dyagilevo airfield in Ryazan, the paratroopers loaded the aircraft with military equipment intended for landing as part of the main stage of the exercise.

“The personnel is fully trained and ready to fulfill any assigned tasks,” the commander of the paratrooper battalion of the guard, Lieutenant Colonel Dmitry Tomin, noted before the departure.

In total, during the main stage of the Zapad-2021 SSA, the paratroopers will have to land more than 300 military personnel and 30 units of modern BMD-4M airborne assault vehicles on the Zhitovo landing site in the Ryazan region from 23 Il-76MD aircraft of the military transport aviation of the Russian Aerospace Forces.

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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