Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation

09/11/2021 | News release | Distributed by Public on 09/11/2021 05:32

During the exercise Zapad-2021, Russian paratroopers for the first time in the history of the Airborne Troops carried out the landing of units using modern night vision devices

11.09.2021 (03:00)

The release of 600 personnel and 9 pieces of equipment of the airborne assault units was carried out by aircraft from Il-76MD military transport aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces at night at altitudes from 600 to 1 thousand meters and took place under adverse weather conditions.

Coordination of the actions of the landing units in the air and at the Kislovo landing site near Pskov was carried out using modern navigation kits and night vision devices.

Before the landing of the troops, an aerial reconnaissance of the objects and positions of the mock enemy was carried out, after which the gunners and crews of the operational-tactical aviation aircraft inflicted a massive blow on them with various means of fire destruction.

After landing, the paratroopers seized the airfield of a mock enemy in order to ensure the landing of the main forces of the formation, and then made a march on standard equipment to the Strugi Krasnye training ground for a distance of about 100 kilometers, where they will have to work out raid and airborne assault actions to capture a favorable line, destroy newly identified enemy objects, conduct maneuver defence and hold a section of the state border.

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The joint strategic exercise Zapad-2021 of the armed forces of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus is held every two years in accordance with the decision taken by the heads of the two states, and is the final stage of joint training of the armed forces of the Republic of Belarus and the Russian Federation this year.

The 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 and at five training grounds of the armed forces of the Republic of Belarus.

About 200 thousand people, more than 80 planes and helicopters, up to 760 units of military equipment, including more than 290 tanks, more than 240 guns, multiple launch rocket systems and mortars, up to 15 ships will take part in the JSE Zapad-2021. Of these, 12,800 people (including up to 2,500 Russian servicemen), more than 30 aircraft and helicopters, up to 350 units of military equipment (including about 140 tanks, up to 110 guns, multiple rocket launchers and mortars) will be involved in the exercise on the territory of the Republic of Belarus.

About 2 thousand servicemen from the member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and other friendly countries also participate in the exercise.