Joint air maneuvers between Russia and Belarus

The Belarusian Defense Ministry has announced the start of tactical air exercises with Russia.

The ministry said that the Russian and Belarusian units have started maneuvers “and are part of the aviation component of the regional grouping of forces, as these units have the main goal of increasing interoperability in performing combat training tasks “.

As stated in the statement of the Belarusian Ministry of Defense: “During the maneuvers, it is planned to perform a wide range of tasks, including conducting aerial reconnaissance, conducting joint patrols of the airspace along the country’s borders, providing air support to groupings of forces and landing of tactical airborne forces”, delivery of cargo and evacuation of the wounded”, while the ministry indicated that all airfields and training places of the Belarusian Air Force and Air Defense Forces will participate in these maneuvers, which will continue until 1 February.

The head of the Department of International Military Cooperation and Deputy Minister of Defense of Belarus Valery Revenko said earlier this month that the strengthening of the Belarusian-Russian group of forces aims to improve the defense capability of the Union State and it is not directed towards third countries.

In turn, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Andrei Zhuk said that the two countries will continue to improve army training, and after the tactical flight exercises, various types of personnel training will be conducted, since the joint exercises ” Union Shield 2023″ will be one of the stages of preparation.

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