Head of the Russian defence department General of the Army Sergei Shoigu arrived in Yerevan to participate in session of the Council of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Council of the CSTO Defence Ministers

Head of the Russian defence department General of the Army Sergei Shoigu arrived in Yerevan to participate in session of the Council of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Council of the CSTO Defence Ministers

Head of the Russian defence department General of the Army Sergei Shoigu arrived in Yerevan to participate in session of the Council of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Council of the CSTO Defence Ministers.

In particular, session participants discussed issues of weapons standardization and development of joint military educational system.

Moreover, the Ministers are to approve the plan of joint activities of operational and combat training for 2017.

 

 

 

 

CSTO peacekeeping forces started exercise “Unbreakable brotherhood-2016” in Belarus

 

The scheduled joint exercise of the CSTO peacekeeping forces “Unbreakable brotherhood-2016” has started under the command of the Deputy Defence Minister of the Republic of Belarus Major General Sergei Potapenko at the 230th combined-arms range Obuz-Lesnovsky in Belarus.

The exercise will have two stages and will last for 5 days. The servicemen will practice preparation and conducting of a peacekeeping operation.

The main goal of the exercise is obtaining practical experience by commanders in organization of a peacekeeping operation and management of units of the CSTO Collective peacekeeping units during joint actions as well as strengthening of relationships and cooperation among CSTO member-states.

The exercise is participated by national contingents of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia and Tajikistan – in total, up to 1,500 servicemen as well as about 300 aircraft and armoured vehicles.

Russian Armed Forces have sent over 300 servicemen and up to 70 pieces of military hardware of the Central MD to the training activities. In particular, over 15 BTR-82A APCs, EW systems Lesochek and Azart radio stations have been delivered to the exercise range.

NBC units practiced aerosol camouflaging of troops during the “Interaction-2016” exercise

NBC units practiced aerosol camouflaging of troops from air attacks during the command-and-staff “Interaction-2016” exercise of the CSTO Collective Rapid Reaction Force.

The servicemen also performed radiation and chemical monitoring activities, estimated the environmental situation after conventional usage of mass destruction weapons by simulated enemy.

Over 6,000 men, about 1,000 pieces of military hardware including 300 tanks and about 50 aircraft are involved in the training activities.

CSTO defense officials to discuss plan of joint exercise

The Rubezh 2016 joint manoeuvers will be held in Kyrgyzstan from October 4 to 7 this year

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BISHKEK, June 28. /TASS/. Defense officials of a number of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) member states gathered for a meeting in the capital of Kyrgyzstan on Tuesday. The Kyrgyz Army General Staff reported that the discussions will focus on the plan of the upcoming Rubezh 2016 (Frontier 2016) joint military exercise.

“This is the second phase of staff negotiations on the preparation of the Rubezh 2016 tactical exercise with the involvement of the Collective Rapid Reaction Force of the CSTO Central Asian region”, the General Staff said. According to the Kyrgyz military, the meeting is attended by representatives of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan.

“They will discuss the preliminary plan of the manoeuvers, as well as settle issues of materiel support of the military units that will participate in the event”, the General Staff said.

The second phase of the staff negotiations is expected to end on June 30 with the signing of the final protocol. The Rubezh 2016 joint manoeuvers will be held in Kyrgyzstan from October 4 to 7 this year, with the participation of the troops from Kazakhstan, Russia, Tajikistan, as well as units of the State Defense Committee, Ministry of Emergency Situations, Ministry of Internal Affairs and the State National Security Committee of Kyrgyzstan.

 

Shoigu to Visit Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan to Discuss Regional Security

Russia's Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu

 

In the next two days, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu will visit Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan to discuss the regional security issues, including activities of extremists and instability in Afghanistan, local media reported Tuesday.

 On Tuesday, Shoigu is expected to discuss struggle with terrorism, as well as deadly Sunday attacks on a military unit and two arms shops in the northern Kazakhstan’s city of Aktobe, the Russian Kommersant newspaper reported, citing sources in Russian Defense Ministry.

The newspaper added that Shoigu and his Kazakh counterpart Imangali Tasmagambetov are expected to discuss cooperation within the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO).

According to the newspaper, on Wednesday Shoigu will arrive in Turkmenistan and will discuss with Turkmen Defense Minister Yaylym Berdiev a turmoil in Afghanistan, as well as struggle against the Daesh militant group, outlawed in Russia.

The CSTO is an intergovernmental military alliance of former Soviet states, which comprises Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, and Tajikistan. Its key objective is to fight against “international terrorism and other nontraditional threats to security,” according to its website.

 

Russian Troops Practice Airstrikes in Tajikistan

Su-25 attack plane

Troops are simulating combat with armed groups in mountainous terrain.
 

Russian troops are taking part in military training on Monday in Tajikistan alongside other members of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), the Russian Defense Ministry said.The CSTO is a military alliance comprising Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

As part of a snap inspection of the alliance’s Collective Rapid Reaction Force, troops are simulating combat with armed groups in mountainous terrain.

According to the exercise scenario, a Russian reconnaissance group on all-terrain vehicles discovers an enemy at a considerable distance from the main force.

In order to prevent the splinter group from rejoining the main enemy force, Russian Su-25 jets (NATO reporting name Frogfoot) carry out airstrikes using unguided rockets.

 

The ongoing drill includes coordination of electronic warfare units, work on protecting communications, as well as special drills for paratroopers practicing landing in mountain and desert terrain.The exercise involves more than 2,500 military personnel, about 200 units of weaponry and military equipment, some 20 combat aircraft and helicopters, and 30 military transport aircraft.

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