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During the main stage of the joint strategic exercise Zapad-2021 at the Mulino training ground, the crews of 6 long-range Tu-22M3 bombers, accompanied by patrols from Su-35S fighters, bombed the control points of the imaginary enemy.

The air strike was carried out in pairs from a height of 1 to 2 thousand meters using air bombs with a caliber of 1500 kilograms.

At the same time, each of the long-range bombers’ crews performed the use of 8 aerial bombs, which made it possible to completely destroy the targets denoting buried command posts and other important objects of the imaginary enemy.

Long-range aircraft took off from operational airfields deployed in the Saratov and Kaluga regions.

After flying for combat use, the crews returned to temporary airfields, where the engineering and technical staff prepared the aviation equipment for the re-flight.

The Tu-22M3 supersonic long-range missile-carrier bomber is capable of hitting targets at a distance of up to 7500 kilometers from home airfields.

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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