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In the Kaliningrad region, at the Pravdinsky training ground of the Baltic Fleet army corps, during the stage of the joint strategic Russian-Belarusian exercise West-2021, military transport aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces carried out a landing with standard weapons about 300 servicemen of the Pskov Airborne Forces and 12 BMD airborne assault vehicles -2KU.

To accomplish the task, 10 military transport aircraft Il-76MD of the military transport aviation of the Russian Aerospace Forces were involved. The landing was carried out by parachute on the D-10 and D-6 systems from a height of 800 meters.

According to the plan of the exercise, a pair of Su-27 fighters of the Baltic Fleet, having carried out an air battle, cleared the airspace from the aircraft of a simulated enemy. To ensure the safe deployment of the main landing force, the front-line Su-24 bombers bombed the positions of the mock enemy. After the landing, the Pskov paratroopers destroyed the command posts, seized the bridgehead and defended it. In addition, the Airborne Forces during this episode practiced the conduct of airborne assault operations to block and destroy the forward detachments of the imaginary enemy.

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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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