At the JSE Zapad-2021, the crews of the Aerospace Forces of Russia checked the readiness of the air defence forces on duty in the Western Military District
As part of the joint strategic exercise (JSE) of the armed forces of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus Zapad-2021, air crews of the Aerospace Forces performed flights as control targets to check the air defence forces on duty in the Western Military District (WMD).
More than 50 pieces of aviation equipment were lifted into the air, including small-sized An-2 aircraft, An-26 transport aircraft, Su-35S and MiG-31 fighters, Mi-8 and Ka-52 helicopters.
The pilots had to overcome the duty zones of the air defence forces, trying to remain unnoticed by radar stations. For these purposes, they performed flights, approaching the area of responsibility of the air defence units of the WMD from different directions at different altitudes and speeds. Some made the approach with the identification systems turned off at extremely low altitudes, in tight formations and using radio interference.
Aviation flights were carried out in the light and dark hours of the day and were recorded by means of objective control.
Combat crews of the radio engineering troops of the Western Military District worked out the detection of air targets, their classification and the issuance of the coordinates of the flight of targets to the command post of air defence units.
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.