Russian motorized riflemen began life firing practice in the mountains of Tajikistan
Russian motorized rifle units of the 201st military base began life firing practice in the mountains and plains of Tajikistan.
The motorized riflemen with the regular BTR-82A APCs and BMP-2M IFVs supported by the T-72 tanks practiced destroying targets imitating the mock enemy’s armored vehicles, low-flying aerial targets and personnel from 100 to 1500 meters while exercising the elements of offensive and defensive combat on the Liaur mountain shooting range. Special attention was paid to improving the commanders’ control skills using the “Azart” portable radio sets under the conditions of enemy’s active jamming and WMD employment. A half of life firing exercises are conducted at night time employing night vision devices mounted on vehicles and small arms.
More than 500 servicemen and about 80 vehicles are involved in the drills. The exercises will end on July 10.
The 201st military base deployed in Tajikistan is Russia's largest military facility outside its borders. It is located in two cities - Dushanbe and Bokhtar. According to the agreement signed in October 2012, the base shall station in Tajikistan until 2042.