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As part of the Zapad-2021 joint strategic exercise (SSU) of the armed forces of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus, the aviation crews of the Aerospace Forces performed flights as control targets to check the air defense forces on duty of the Western Military District (ZVO).

More than 50 units of aviation equipment were taken into the air, including small-sized An-2 aircraft, An-26 transport aircraft, Su-35S and MiG-31 fighters, Mi-8 and Ka-52 helicopters.

The pilots had to overcome the duty zones of the air defense forces, trying to remain unnoticed by the radar stations. For these purposes, they performed flights, approaching the zone of responsibility of the air defense units of the ZVO from different directions at different heights and speeds. Some made an approach with the identification systems turned off at extremely low altitudes, in dense formation orders and using radio interference.

Aviation flights were carried out during the day and night and were recorded by means of objective control.

The combat crews of the radio engineering forces of the Western Military District worked out the detection of air targets, their classification and the issuance of the coordinates of the flight of targets to the command post of the air defense formations.

For reference:

The CFM Board of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus is held every two years in accordance with the decision adopted 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) will take place from 10 to 16 September at nine training grounds located on the territory of the Russian Federation, in 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 servicemen will take part in the SSU “West-2021” on the territory of Russia and Belarus, about 80 aircraft and helicopters will be involved, up to 760 units of military equipment, including 290 tanks, 240 guns, multiple launch rocket systems 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 Confidence and Security Building Measures, on the territory of the Russian Federation will not exceed 6,400 servicemen.

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.

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