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Representatives of the military-diplomatic corps at the Obuz-Lesnovsky training ground observed the joint actions of units of the 1st Tank Army, the Airborne Forces of the Russian Armed Forces, the regional grouping of the Western Operational Command and the Special Operations Forces of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus.

The practical drawing of the actions of the troops took place within the framework of the joint strategic exercise of the armed forces of Russia and Belarus “West-2021”.

The actions of the units were watched by representatives of the military-diplomatic corps from 18 countries accredited in Belarus, of which 7 countries are members of the NATO bloc, as well as representatives of the CSTO and SCO member states, delegations of the CIS Executive Committee and the Secretariat of the CIS Council of Defense Ministers, delegations of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

In the course of the drawing of practical actions of the troops, the units of the armed forces of the Republic of Belarus fought with the advanced detachments of the enemy and inflicted losses on the conditional enemy, gaining time to prepare the defense on the subsequent lines. Then a joint grouping of artillery consisting of divisions of self-propelled artillery units “Msta-S”, MLRS “Tornado-G”, “Uragan” and artillery of the Airborne Forces destroyed artillery and mortar batteries, manpower, fire weapons of the enemy and his command posts.

The troops of the Western Operational Command and the 1st Tank Army imposed close-fire combat on the units of the “enemy”. The repulsion of the strike of enemy air attack weapons was carried out sequentially, in the general air defense system, by the air defense forces and means of combined-arms formations and military units, as well as a mixed tactical group for combating unmanned aerial vehicles as part of air defense, electronic warfare and RChBZ subunits.

Covering the defending units was carried out by aviation from a position of duty in the air as part of the Mi-24 helicopters of the Air Force and the Air Defense Forces of the Armed Forces of Belarus and Ka-52 helicopters of the Army Aviation of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation. To detect and suppress the air defense system of the imaginary enemy, a group of four Su-34 aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces was involved. The squadron destroyed enemy air defenses at the starting positions, inflicting fire damage with high-explosive fragmentation bombs.

After repelling the attacks of the mock enemy, the military units of the 1st tank army and the units of the armed forces of Belarus went on the attack. The counterstrike involved tank and motorized rifle units, including the latest tanks in service with the troops of the allied state T-72B3, T-80U, missile troops and artillery, air defense units, operational-tactical and army aviation. By swift actions, they inflicted maximum defeat on the conditional enemy and restored the original position of the troops.

For reference:

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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