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Subdivisions of the Ulyanovsk separate airborne assault formation, together with the tank subdivisions of the Republic of Belarus, for the first time worked out joint actions of a mobile shock echelon with armored groups of the airborne assault and tank battalions during the active phase of the joint strategic exercise West-2021 at the Mulino training ground

In order to prevent a breakthrough in the defense of the coalition group of forces, a mobile shock echelon was used as part of a separate airborne assault formation and an army aviation brigade of the Airborne Forces.

The landing of the main forces of the mobile paratrooper echelon was carried out from 12 Mi-8AMTSh transport and combat helicopters, two units of Mi-24 attack helicopters and Ka-52 Alligator combat helicopters provided direct cover for the landing, Su-35S fighters provided cover for the landing area.

Simultaneously with the personnel, light special vehicles “Sarmat-2” were landed for the first time, which provide high maneuverability and allow subunits to quickly occupy designated lines.

Subsequently, airborne forces from the mobile shock echelon, by stubbornly holding the line, inflicted maximum fire damage on the conditional enemy in front of the front and stopped him, not allowing penetration into the battle formations of the coalition group of forces.

To increase the efforts of the paratroopers’ units, an armored group of an airborne assault battalion on BMD-4M airborne combat vehicles and an armored group of a battalion tactical group of the armed forces of the Republic of Belarus on T-72B tanks were withdrawn to the firing line.

Thus, during the exercise, a variant of joint actions of units of the shock mobile echelon with the armored groups of the airborne assault battalion on the BMD-4M airborne combat vehicles and the battalion tactical group on the T-72B tanks was tested for the first time.

The armored group on the BMD-4M, thanks to a modern armament system, is capable of supporting the landing operations both at the front line with fire from 30-mm 2A72 automatic cannons, and in the depths of the enemy’s battle formation from closed firing positions from 100-mm 2A70 cannons at a distance of up to 9000 m , which provides fire on command posts and reserves of the enemy’s first echelon brigades.

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 water area 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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