Start of the Russian-Belarusian exercise Union Shield 2011

More than 12 thousand soldiers, more than 100 tanks, more than 100 aircraft and helicopters will accept a role in starting on Friday of the joint Russian-Belarusian maneuvers "Union Shield — 2011" to be held at the Russian test sites and will end on September 22.

The aim of the exercise is to improve the interaction between Russian and Belarusian troops in the regional grouping in solving the security of the Union of the country, according to ITAR-TASS.

In the Western military environment at the site Gorokhovetsky "Russian and Belarusian defense units with armed complexes" Tunguska "," Strela-10 "and MANPADS" Igla ", will perform target shooting, simulated helicopters and low-flying aircraft. As targets will be applied terrestrial models of helicopters, lighting mines also upgraded antitank guided missile "Falanga-M", created to simulate maneuvering air target. Targets also mimic personnel, fire points and different standards of equipment and weapons.

Air defense units of the Western Military Area and Belarusian military will also hold live firing on Ashuluk and Kapustin Yar in the Astrakhan region. Namely, at the Kapustin Yar soldiers performing combat shooting small high-rise and low-flying air targets of anti-aircraft missile systems "Buk-M2", and the C-300.

In the course of the shooting will be used aerial targets "Saman", imitating the tactical aviation aircraft and cruise missiles. Terms of the fire at air targets will be very close to the battle for the detection of, seizure and destruction will be given a short time. Target missile simulating produce different types of air attack, which is an important element in the process of the tasks of monitoring the traffic situation, searching and detection of air targets with their next liquidation.

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