Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation : More in detail

10.09.2021 (17:00)

During the strategic exercises Zapad-2021, motorized infantry units of the army corps of the Baltic Fleet worked out maneuverable defence

At one of the training grounds in the eastern part of the Kaliningrad region, as part of the joint strategic exercise (JSE) of the armed forces of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus Zapad-2021, motorized rifle units of the army corps of the Baltic Fleet practiced maneuver defence.

The servicemen, using the features of the natural landscape of the area, carried out engineering equipment of defensive lines and spare firing positions.

During the main stage of the combat training event, motorized infantry on the infantry fighting vehicles BMP-3 performed training tasks on conducting maneuver defence with the organization of ambushes and fire counterattacks. The attached tank units took up the defence and engaged in battle with the superior forces of the mock enemy. During the training battle, the personnel retreated to pre-prepared positions, luring the mock enemy to the area where a tank ambush was organized.

Special attention was paid to the organization of stable and continuous communication with the active use of electronic warfare by the enemy.

At the firing stage, concentrated fire from 125-mm guns of T-72B3 tanks hit full-size targets simulating tanks and enemy manpower.

The planned combat training event involves about 1,000 military personnel, over 70 units of military and special equipment, including BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicles, T-72B3 tanks, Acacia and Gvozdika self-propelled artillery howitzers, Tunguska anti-aircraft artillery systems, Grad and Uragan multiple launch rocket systems, as well as other weapons.

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The JSE 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 two states.

The Zapad-2021 exercise is the final stage of joint training of the armed forces of the Republic of Belarus and the Russian Federation this year.

Practical actions of the troops (forces) will be held in the period from September 10 to 16 at nine training grounds located on the territory of the Russian Federation, in the Baltic Sea, as well as at five training grounds of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus.

In total, up to 200 thousand military personnel will take part in the JSE Zapad-2021 on the territory of Russia and Belarus, about 80 aircraft and helicopters, up to 760 units of military equipment, including 290 tanks, 240 guns, multiple rocket launchers and mortars, as well as up to 15 ships will be involved.

The maximum number of personnel involved in the exercise of military units subject to the Vienna Document of 2011 on Confidence-and Security-building measures on the territory of the Russian Federation will not exceed 6.4 thousand military personnel.

The return of the military authorities and troops to the points of permanent deployment after participating in the exercise is planned until mid-October.

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Exercises , ССУ «Запад-2021»
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