From September 10 to 16, 2021, in accordance with the plan of joint training in the armed forces of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus, a joint strategic exercise Zapad-2021 will be held under the leadership of the chiefs of the general staffs of the armed forces of the two countries.
Practical actions of the troops (forces) started simultaneously at nine ranges - Kirilovsky, Strugi Krasnye, Mulino, Pogonovo, Khmelevka, Pravdinsky, Dobrovolsky, Dorogobuzh and Volsky, located on the territory of the Russian Federation, in the Baltic Sea, as well as at five ranges in the Republic of Belarus - Obuz - Lesnovsky, Brest, Chepelevo, Domanovsky and Ruzhansky.
The joint strategic exercise Zapad-2021 involves about 200 thousand military personnel, more than 80 aircraft and helicopters, up to 760 units of military equipment, including more than 290 tanks, more than 240 guns, multiple rocket launchers and mortars, as well as up to 15 ships.
Of these, 12,800 people, including up to 2,500 Russian servicemen, more than 30 aircraft and helicopters, up to 350 units of military equipment, including about 140 tanks, up to 110 guns, multiple rocket launchers and mortars, are involved in the exercise on the territory of the Republic of Belarus.
From the member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and other friendly countries, about 2 thousand military personnel take part in the Zapad-2021 exercise as part of the created coalition group of troops.
At the same time, the maximum number of personnel involved in the exercise of military units under a single operational command subject to the 2011 Vienna Document on Confidence-Building and Security Measures in the territory of the Russian Federation will not exceed 6,400 people, respectively.
The joint strategic exercise of the armed forces of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus takes place every two years in accordance with the decision taken by the heads of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus. The Zapad-2021 exercise is the final stage of the joint training of the armed forces of the two states this year.
Venues of the JSE Zapad-2021: