Combat Brotherhood 2017 CSTO strategic exercise
On October 3, the Combat Brotherhood 2017 CSTO strategic exercise is to kick off in the Southern MD. The exercise will comprise three stages in four countries (two regions of CSTO).
The first stage will focus on settling a military conflict, and involve reconnaissance units of the CSTO countries.
The Search 2017 exercise will take place at five ranges in Armenia and Russia, and will last till October 7.
It will be followed by the Cooperation 2017 exercise of Collective Rapid Reaction Force contingents and part of joint Russian and Armenian military forces, which is to take place from October 9 to 13.
The Unbreakable Brotherhood 2017 CSTO peacekeeping forces exercise devoted to post-conflict peacebuilding is planned to be held from October 16 to 20 at two ranges in Kazakhstan.
The final stage of the Combat Brotherhood 2017 exercise will include missions of the CSTO Collective Rapid Reaction Force contingents in the Republic of Tajikistan from November 10 to 20.
It is the first time when all the episodes are to performed amid common military and political background within single concept. It is planned to drill organizing and conducting of reconnaissance, joint operation to isolate armed conflict in the Caucasus region of collective security, peacekeeping operation by the CSTO Collective Peace-keeping forces in a non-member State, and advanced warfare in mountain and desert terrain.
The Combat Brotherhood 2017 exercise is scheduled according to the CSTO Command and Forces Collective Combat Training Plan 2017.
The exercise is to involve units of Armed Forces from the Republic of Armenia, Republic of Belarus, Republic of Kazakhstan, Republic of Kyrgyzstan, Russian Federation and Republic of Tajikistan, as well as special units of law enforcement agencies, National Guard units of the Russian Federation and Republic of Kazakhstan, and EMERCOM units.
The main goal of the Combat Brotherhood 2017 exercise is to improve the CSTO command and control (C2) system, coordination among control bodies in preparing joint operation, and to drill practical actions in course of training missions.
The Combat Brotherhood 2017 is to involve more than 12,000 personnel, over 1,500 pieces of hardware as well as 90 aircraft.
CSTO Secretary General Khatchaturov, Chief of CSTO Joint Staff Colonel General Anatoly Sidorov will take part in the exercise.
Representatives of the UN Secretariat, ICRC and other international and regional organizations are invited to attend the event.
The Combat Brotherhood 2017 strategic exercise is transparent.