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09/13/2021 | News release | Distributed by Public on 09/13/2021 07:19

Scouts of a separate unit of the Russian Airborne Troops together with paratroopers of Belarus and Kazakhstan conducted a night landing at the Brest training ground

13.09.2021 (12:18)

Servicemen of the special purpose unit of the Russian Airborne Troops, together with paratroopers from Belarus and Kazakhstan, conducted a night landing at the Brest training ground (Republic of Belarus) from three Il-76MD aircraft at altitudes from 1500 to 1900 meters.

More than 90 scouts of the Russian Airborne Troops, 60 paratroopers of the armed forces of the Republic of Belarus and 20 representatives of the airborne assault formations of Kazakhstan took part in the night landing.

This is the first time that such a large-scale representation of the Russian Airborne Troops' reconnaissance units in a night landing on the territory of another state has been held.

Also, for the first time during the joint exercises on the territory of the Republic of Belarus, servicemen of a separate amphibious assault unit from the Republic of Kazakhstan took part in a practical landing. In total, more than 170 paratroopers from three countries took part in the night landing training.

The landing took place with the use of special purpose parachute systems 'Arbalet-2' by the personnel of the reconnaissance units, navigation aids and night vision devices with standard weapons. The main parachute was activated five seconds after separation from the aircraft.

Paratroopers from Belarus carried out the loading of personnel on the territory of the Machulishchi military airfield near Minsk and delivered units to the landing area using D-4 parachute systems of the fourth generation in two passes. The loading of the personnel of the units of the Russian Airborne Troops was carried out at the Kubinka airfield in the Moscow region.

After the landing, the scouts worked out sabotage actions in the enemy's rear with the implementation of special tasks, which included gathering a group at a designated point, masking the landing means, conducting a raid, search and reconnaissance, as well as sabotage at objects in the rear of a mock enemy. Then the groups left the area of application with subsequent evacuation.

For reference:

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.

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