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The combat crews of the air defense of the Baltic Fleet, together with the ships, worked out a set of practical tasks to repel an air strike of a mock enemy within the framework of the joint strategic exercise of the armed forces of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus “West-2021”.

Combat crews made marches to designated areas, where they performed operational deployment of S-300 and S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems in battle formation in cover areas in order to detect and destroy air and ballistic targets represented by real targets.

The air situation in the cover area was complicated by massive raids by Su-30SM fighter-bombers, Su-24 front-line bombers and An-26 military transport aircraft, imitating the actions of a conventional enemy in the entire range of altitudes and speeds. In order to create a jamming situation, the actions of combat air defense crews were complicated by the use of electronic warfare.

During the exercise, the simulated enemy delivered an air strike with a density of up to seven targets per minute. To repel the strike of cruise missiles into the air, Su-27 fighters of the naval aviation of the fleet were raised on alert. Aircraft crews during air combat successfully destroyed all targets with the use of aviation weapons. From the ground, the airplanes of the mock enemy were destroyed by a volley of S-300 and S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems – the combat crews made electronic launches at air targets.

The crews of the Baltic Fleet ships involved in air defense duty also made electronic launches at air targets.

In total, more than 10 aircraft were involved in the exercise. The grouping of naval and ground forces was represented by four missile divisions of the S-300 and S-400 air defense systems, as well as seven ships of the Baltic Fleet.

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 their permanent deployment points after participation in the exercise is planned until mid-October of this year.

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