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12.09.2021 (10:45)

The aviation of the Leningrad formation of the air force and air defence repelled an air attack by a mock enemy during the Zapad-2021 exercise

Within the framework of the joint strategic exercise of the armed forces of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus Zapad-2021, the aviation of the Leningrad army of the air force and air defence of the Western Military District successfully repelled an air attack by a mock enemy.

According to the plan of the exercise, more than 10 tactical episodes were played to intercept air targets in the sky, as well as to destroy military equipment and engineering fortifications of the mock enemy on the ground.

The role of the enemy was played by experienced crews of super-maneuverable Su-35S fighters, multifunctional supersonic Su-34 fighter-bombers, military transport aircraft, Mi-8, Mi-28 Night Hunter, Ka-52, Mi-35 army aviation helicopters.

The Su-30SM and MiG-31BM fighters raised into the air from operational airfields, having received target designation, carried out guidance on enemy targets and conducted air battles, in which they conditionally destroyed most of the aircraft participating in a massive air strike.

In total, the pilots destroyed more than 40 aerodynamic targets simulating cruise missiles and aircraft of a mock enemy.

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.

The practical actions of the troops (forces) 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 on the territory of the Russian Federation does 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.

Press Service of the Western Military District
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ССУ «Запад-2021» , Combat training , Air Defence , Aviation , Air Force
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