The Pskov airborne unit for the first time carried out a landing of more than 600 personnel and 30 units of military equipment at night, the Ministry of Defense reports. The landing was practiced within the framework of the joint strategic Russian-Belarusian exercises “West-2021”.
“During the Zapad-2021 exercise, Russian paratroopers for the first time in the history of the Airborne Forces carried out airborne units using modern night vision devices. The release of about 600 personnel and 9 pieces of equipment of airborne assault units was carried out by aviation from Il-76MD aircraft of the military transport aviation of the Russian Aerospace Forces at night at altitudes from 600 to 1 thousand m and took place under adverse weather conditions, “- reported on the website of the military department.
The actions of the units were coordinated with the help of modern navigation complexes and night vision devices. On the ground, the paratroopers “captured” a field airfield and destroyed the mock enemy with the support of artillery and air defense systems, the report says.
More than 20 Il-76 military transport aircraft were involved in the exercise. The military parachuted from them at the same time, but from different heights.
Air cover was provided by the crews of the Su-30SM fighters and the Mi-8AMTSh and Ka-50 army helicopters. The air formation was controlled from the A-50U and IL-22-SURT long-range radar aircraft.
The joint strategic exercises of Russia and Belarus “West-2021” began on September 10 simultaneously at 14 military training grounds. In total, about 200 thousand servicemen, over 80 aircraft and helicopters, up to 760 units of military equipment, including tanks, multiple launch rocket systems and mortars, as well as up to 15 ships are involved in the exercises.
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