Russian airborne troops and special forces of Pakistan landed from helicopters at the Kapustin Yar training ground
Mi-24, Mi-8 and Mi-26 helicopters landed equipment and more than a thousand troops of the airborne assault brigade of the Russian airborne troops and special forces of Pakistan at the Kapustin Yar training ground as part of the main episode of the maneuvers "Kavkaz-2020". Russian President Vladimir Putin is watching the actions of the troops at the training ground.
As the Russian Defence Ministry told reporters on Friday, according to the exercise plan, the advanced of the tactical air assault on Mi-24 helicopters captured landing sites to ensure the landing of the main forces. Mi-26 helicopters delivered a combined-arms reserve operating on protected "Typhoon" special purpose vehicles to the battlefield. At this time, Mi-8 helicopters on an external suspension moved guns and ammunition for a battery of D-30 howitzers to the combat area.
The landing of tactical air assault units was carried out by landing, and the personnel of the howitzer artillery battery – by non-parachute methods.
The tactical air assault involved more than 1,170 paratroopers, up to 40 units of weapons and military equipment of the Airborne troops, as well as more than 80 helicopters of the army aviation.
The "Kavkaz-2020" exercise is being held from September 21 to 26 in the Southern Military District and in the Black and Caspian seas under the leadership of the Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, General of the Army Valery Gerasimov. About 80 thousand people take part in them, including employees of the Ministry of emergency situations and National guard, as well as up to 1 thousand military personnel from six foreign countries — Armenia, Belarus, Iran, China, Myanmar and Pakistan. It is planned to involve up to 12.9 thousand military personnel in episodes that fall under the Vienna document of 2011 on confidence-and security-building measures.