Units of the Pskov guards formation of the airborne troops will take part in the planned joint Belarusian-Russian tactical exercise "Slavic brotherhood-2020"
In accordance with the international action plan for 2020, the planned joint Belarusian-Russian tactical exercise "Slavic brotherhood", which has been held annually since 2015, will take place from September 14 to 25 at the "Brestsky" training ground in the Republic of Belarus.
The decision to conduct the exercise on the territory of the Republic of Belarus was made by the defence departments of the participating countries in October 2019 and is reflected in the "Plan of cooperation between the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Belarus and the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation for 2020".
During the exercise, the paratroopers of the two countries will work out issues of interaction and coordination of units when performing tactical tasks.
In total, about 300 military personnel and about 70 units of combat and special equipment of the guards airborne assault unit will take part in the exercise from the Russian Federation.
After the exercise is completed, the Russian military personnel will return to their permanent deployment point on the territory of the Russian Federation.
The joint tactical exercise "Slavic brotherhood-2020" will be held from September 14 to 25, 2020 at the "Brestsky" training ground in the Republic of Belarus under the leadership of the commander of the Special Operations Forces of the Republic of Belarus (SOF), Major General Vadim Denisenko.
The "Slavic brotherhood" exercises have been held regularly since 2015.
The first joint tactical exercise of paratroopers "Slavic brotherhood" took place in 2015 at the "Raevsky" training ground of the Novorossiysk guards airborne assault mountain unit in the Krasnodar territory.
In 2016 and 2019, the exercise was held at the "Oreshac" and "Peskovi" ranges in the Republic of Serbia, in 2017 at the "Brestsky" range in the Republic of Belarus, and in 2018, the exercise was again held at the "Raevsky" range of the Novorossiysk guards airborne assault mountain unit in the Krasnodar territory. In 2020, the exercise will be hosted by the Belarusian side.
The exercise is conducted on a counter-terrorism theme and is not directed against other countries.
From the Russian Federation in the exercise was attended by the paratroopers of Novorossiysk (mountain) and the Pskov guards airborne assault formations, from the Republic of Belarus the SOF units of the separate guards airborne assault formations of Vitebsk and Brest, from the Republic of Serbia – units of the special brigade of the Serbian army.
This year, the exercise will be held in a bilateral format, as part of the Special Operations Forces of the Republic of Belarus and the airborne troops of the Russian Federation.
In 2020, more than 800 servicemen from the two countries and about 170 units of military and special equipment will take part in the exercise, including modern BMD-4M airborne combat vehicles and armored personnel carriers BTR-MDM "Rakushka" of the Black Sea guards airborne assault regiment of the Pskov Guards airborne formation.