The WMD fighters took up combat duty at the operational airfields of the district within the framework of the JSE Zapad-2021
The crews of Su-35s and Su-30sm fighters of the Western Military District took up combat duty on air defence at operational airfields in the Ryazan and Tambov regions as part of the joint strategic exercise of the armed forces of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus Zapad-2021.
The engineering and technical staff of the WMD aviation units carried out a set of measures for servicing equipment and preparing aircraft for departure to perform tasks for their intended purpose.
As part of the exercise, the crews of fighter aircraft will have to work out the interception of air targets, perform tasks to cover the actions of strike aircraft, as well as to carry out air strikes on ground targets.
The joint strategic exercise (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 take place in the period from 10 to 16 September 2021 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 personnel, 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 take part in the JSE Zapad-2021 on the territory of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus.
The maximum number of personnel involved in the exercise of military units subject to the Vienna Document of 2011 in the territory of the Russian Federation will not exceed 6,400 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 of this year.