Large-scale exercises “Caucasus-2016”, which took place in early September in the South of Russia, showed the increased combat readiness of the Russian army and the ability to perform tasks. During the maneuvers for the first time addressed issues of information warfare, was tested a new system of mobilisation of resources was tested new armaments and equipment.
photo: Alexander Stepanov
Strategic command-staff exercise Caucasus-2016 was held on 12 sites of the southern military district and in the Caspian and Black seas. Now the South-Western direction is the most restless. This is due to the escalation of tensions in the middle East and neighbors Russia, which openly show revanchist. Therefore, the state of combat readiness and equipment of the southern military district, which was fully utilized during maneuvers, special requirements.
As told reporters Wednesday during a briefing the chief of the General staff army General Valery Gerasimov, the purpose of the exercise is to develop the preparation and application of forces in the southwest region to protect the territorial integrity and the interests of Russia. During the maneuvers were tested the ability of military authorities to lead the troops in the localization of internal armed conflicts and destruction of illegal armed groups.
photo: Alexander Stepanov
According to the chief of the General staff, the exercise was first tested in the decision of questions of information warfare. To meet these objectives was attracted by the Main operational Directorate of the General staff and its departments— centers of information warfare, which are formed in the military districts and army information operations, electronic warfare and service units of the protection of state secrets.
“The actions of troops and forces involved in solving the problem of information warfare is, in principle, adequate forces and means of fire defeat. And at some point, it may be, and shall prevail”, — said the General.
In addition, the feature of these exercises was the use of a large number of aircraft. For example, on maneuvers, 100-120 aircraft worked through the strike order. Also, the troops learned to reflect a RAID of cruise missiles of all types-based on all stages of application.
Gerasimov stressed that the exercise was not a rehearsal for invasion to Ukraine, as it was represented in the media. He said that the defense Ministry was aware that the “Caucasus-2016” individual information resources was trying to associate with alleged plans for the invasion. “This in no way is not true, these exercises were planned, their conduct we reported last year,” the General said.
Gerasimov also noted the good training of the black sea fleet. According to him, a few years ago the combat capabilities of the fleet sharply contrasted in particular with the Turkish Navy when he said that Turkey is almost a complete master of the Black sea. Now it’s different.