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13.09.2021 (17:06)

The main stage of the joint strategic exercise Zapad-2021 is being held at the Mulino training ground in the Nizhny Novgorod region

The main stage of the joint strategic exercise Zapad-2021 is being held at the Mulino training ground in the Nizhny Novgorod region. Formations, military units and divisions of the Western Military District (WMD), as well as military contingents of the armed forces of Armenia, Belarus, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Mongolia take part in practical actions as part of the coalition group of troops.

During this stage, military formations of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation in cooperation with military contingents of other states in difficult conditions of wooded and swampy terrain will work out joint actions to conduct maneuverable defense, to deliver a concentrated fire strike and to defeat the enemy's wedged group.

The methodology of performing combat training tasks is based on the experience of recent armed conflicts, as well as new methods of action of troops and forces that have proven themselves during combat training events.

The draw will use the method of a through attack, which is the most difficult type of training of troops (forces) and requires precise and coordinated actions from the opposing sides. For the first time, reconnaissance and fire support robots Uran-9 multifunctional robotic complexes, prototypes of BMP B-19 infantry fighting vehicles with the Epokha combat module, mixed mobile air defense groups to combat unmanned aerial vehicles will be used.

In the fire defeat of a mock enemy, all types of aviation equipment in service with the Russian Aerospace Forces will be involved, attack UAVs, artillery, rocket and multiple launch rocket systems as part of reconnaissance, shock and fire complexes, high-precision ammunition, heavy flamethrower systems TOS-1, an engineering reconnaissance and fire complex of engineering systems for remote mining.

The Mulino training ground, where the main stage of the exercise takes place, according to its characteristics allows conducting interspecific and joint exercises with the use of all types of weapons, including the Iskander-M operational and tactical complexes.

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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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ССУ «Запад-2021» , Western Military District
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