Joint Russian-Belarusian exercises “West‑2017” passed for equator. On the ground “Luzhskaya” in the Leningrad region, which hosted one of the Central episodes of the maneuvers on Monday, arrived Russian President Vladimir Putin. From the command post, he watched the actions of the military, and after the President was shown the latest Russian military equipment.
Polygon “Luzhskaya” in the morning filled with rain. A nasty wind was blowing. However, the vagaries of weather did not affect the start time of the maneuvers. “Tanks of a dirt are not afraid”, — joked the soldiers, climbing into the bowels of the T-72B3 to go to their original positions. Despite the elation on the faces of the participants still slip voltage: it’s not every day your actions are being watched by the President of the country.
Vladimir Putin arrived to the landfill in the afternoon. Together with defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and chief of General staff Valery Gerasimov, they are located at the command post and, armed with binoculars, began to observe the actions of the military. The exercises, by the way, also watched around 95 representatives from 50 States who were specially invited to show that the maneuvers are not aimed against third countries.
According to the scenario, the militants of illegal armed formations in small groups through the border and then merged into a few large groups to carry out terrorist attacks and sabotage. According to the legend, the bandits seized a large number of light aircraft and UAVs in border airfields, so to destroy air targets in the exercise was attended by anti-aircraft missile and gun complexes “Tunguska” anti-aircraft missile and gun complexes “Pantsir‑S1” anti-aircraft missile complexes “Strela-1”.
The task of destroying the enemy on the ground was at the fire support of artillery and armored vehicles. For the first time the exercise involved a combat vehicle tank support “Terminator”, which covered the offensive T‑90 tanks. Air have bombed front-line bomber su‑24 fighter-bombers su‑34, helicopters Mi‑24, Mi‑28 and Ka‑52. Helped advancing reactive “Grad”, “Smerch” and “Hurricane”. The attack from land and air on the terrorists were also thrown at the tactical and operational troops — the bandits were blocked, and then destroyed.
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Strategic exercises “West-2017” started on 14 September. They are held in Belarus and the three Russian sites. Just participate in them 12.7 thousand troops, 370 units of armored vehicles, 150 artillery units and MLRS, over 40 aircraft and helicopters. The exercises will be completed on 20 September in Belarus.