At the sites of Russia and Belarus started joint strategic exercises “West‑2017” the armed forces of the Union state. Maneuvers are held under the supervision of the chiefs of General staffs of Russia and Belarus are the final stage of joint training of the armed forces of the two States. As emphasized in both the defense agencies, the exercises are purely defensive and not directed against any States or groups of countries.
According to the defence Ministry of the Russian Federation, “the main objectives of the exercises are the improvement of operational compatibility of staffs of various levels, a pair of promising systems of command and control, testing of new statutory documents, commanders at all levels of practice in the control of troops and their application with respect to combat experience in modern local conflicts”.
In total, the exercise involves up to 12.7 thousand military personnel (from the armed forces of the Republic of Belarus — about 7.2 thousand, from Russia — about 5.5 thousand people, of which on the territory of the Republic of Belarus — up to 3 thousand people), up to 70 aircraft and helicopters, and 680 pieces of equipment, including about 250 tanks, 200 guns, rocket systems of volley fire and mortars, up to 10 warships.
The maneuvers began with the fact that the heads of bodies of military management, commanders of associations, formations and military units were given packets with the guidance of staff for fulfillment of combat training tasks. As told in the press service of the Western military district (ZVO), the intent of the doctrine was received operational information about the discovery in the territory of one of the districts of the Union state of an illegal armed formation (IAF).
Command call raised the alarm the personnel of the separate tank brigade of the 1st guards tank army, stationed in the suburbs. Soldiers armored units with standard weapons and equipment marched to the railway station for loading on a troop train and sent to the territory of the Republic of Belarus. There on one of the polygons together with their Belarusian colleagues they will work out the issues of interaction and use of combat units for combating illegal armed groups and diversionno-prospecting groups of the opponent.
Suddenly alerted for deployment to the exercise area also airborne and air assault division Pskov, Tula, and the Ivanovo connection airborne troops. In the areas of concentration and near airfields paratroopers deploy field communications centers, command and control and prepare the machinery for entering the airfield. Airborne units have the task to move to the concentration areas, where, according to the defense Ministry, “their main task — to solve a case study in anti-terrorist operations in a forceful way”.
For the transfer to the operational airfields were also the crews of the strike aircraft of the Russian Federation videoconferencing. The flight missions they get just before departure. The tasks that they have to solve: the interception of aerial targets, forcing the aircraft to land violators, destruction of ground targets, indicating the convoy of vehicles of the imaginary enemy, cover the actions of ground forces from the air, landing and more.