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The crews of the Mi-35 and Mi-24 attack helicopters of the army aviation of the Western Military District provided air support and cover for the practical actions of the ground forces in the framework of the joint strategic exercise of the armed forces of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus “West-2021”.

During the performance of combat training flight missions, the pilots of the army aviation made the most extensive use of the combat experience gained in the Syrian Arab Republic.

In particular, for the purpose of fire support of the advancing units, the crews of the army aviation helicopters of the Western Military District practiced in practice the delivery of air strikes on manpower, armored vehicles and objects of the imaginary enemy using the “helicopter carousel” method with the use of anti-tank missiles “Shturm-V” or “Attack- M “, unguided aircraft missiles S-8 of the” air-to-surface “class and standard onboard aircraft weapons.

The crews of combat helicopters, acting in the composition of the links, lined up in a “circle” battle formation, inflicted continuous fire damage on communications, command posts and communication routes of the areas occupied by the “enemy”. The pilots also worked out methods of avoiding enemy air defense systems at extremely low altitudes, taking into account the peculiarities of the terrain.

The combat use of aviation weapons was practiced by the crews of army aviation as part of units in horizontal flight, as well as singly and in pairs with various types of maneuvers, both day and night.

The flights were carried out at low and extremely low altitudes, using, among other things, natural natural shelters, not allowing the imaginary enemy to find himself and strike first at the helicopters.

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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