Chiefs of General Staffs of Russia and Tajikistan discussed issues of raising combat capabilities of the Tajik Armed Forces


Chief of the Russian General Staff General of the Army Valery Gerasimov had a meeting with his counterpart from Tajikistan Major General Emomali Sobirzoda. The parties discussed issues of raising combat capabilities of the Tajik Armed Forces.

General of the Army Valery Gerasimov stressed that all jointly taken measures would allow to neutralize security challenges and threats in the region.

General of the Army Valery Gerasimov reminded that the Russian Federation was Tajikistan with weaponry and hardware. Moreover, 607 military servicemen of Tajikistan are studying in educational establishments of the Russian Defence Ministry. The 201st Russian military base holds annual training for up to 1,000 junior specialists.

According to Chief of the Russian General Staff, Russia and Tajikistan have common tasks in strengthening security in the Central Asia region. The countries have been building the relations taking into account these tasks. The sides are paying special attention to cooperation in military and technical fields.

In his turn, Major General Emomali Sobirzoda expressed his gratitude for the attention paid to development of  bilateral cooperation and joint build-up of the army of Tajikistan.

Russian anti-aircraft gunners hold firing drills in Russia, Tajikistan

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YEKATERINBURG, July 27. /TASS/. More than 3,000 anti-aircraft gunners of Russia’s Central Military District are involved in a field exercise of the air defense troops that takes place simultaneously at ranges in the Astrakhan, Orenburg and Chelyabinsk regions of Russia, as well as in Tajikistan, the district’s press service reported on Wednesday.

“The drills involve more than 800 units of military and special air defense equipment, as well as more than 3,000 anti-aircraft defense troops. At the final stage of the manoeuvers, tactical exercises with live firing from the S-300, Buk-M2, Tor-M2 anti-aircraft missile systems, as well as from the Tunguska tracked self-propelled anti-aircraft weapon armed with a surface-to-air gun and missile system and Igla surface-to-air missile defense system will be held. It is planned to spend more than 4,000 rounds of ammunition of various types, including more than 120 missiles,” the press service said.

The field exercise will last until September 4. “The troops will practice cover of military and civilian facilities from the imaginary enemy’s air attack in unfamiliar terrain in a difficult ground, air and electronic environment”, the press service said.


BTR-82A Armored Vehicles First Used During Russian Drills in Tajikistan

A file photo showing BTR-82A armored vehicles during the battalion tactical field firing exercise


Russian troops used the BTR-82A armored personnel carriers for the first time during drills in Tajikistan, an aid to the commander of Russia’s Central Military District said Tuesday.

There is a number of significant differences between the new BTR-82A and their predecessors, the commander noted. The armored vehicles’ firepower has been increased due to a 30-mm aircraft cannon being installed, while high angle barrel lifting allows for a more efficient attacks in mountainous areas.“Soldiers stationed in Tajikistan as part of the 201st Military Base used the new BTR-82A for the first time during maneuvers in the foothills of the Eastern Pamirs,” Col. Yaroslav Roschupkin told reporters.

The motorized infantry troops managed to strike targets at a distance of 1.2 kilometers (0.75 miles) and 1.7 kilometers on complex terrain, Roschupkin added.

Russian military in Tajikistan wake up on alert

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YEKATERINBURG, July 22 /TASS/. The servicemen of the 201st military base deployed in Tajikistan have been woken up on alert, the press service of the central military district said on Friday.

Two garrisons located in the cities of Dushanbe and Kurgan-Tyube will hold classes of combat readiness.

“The units have been put on high alert. The personnel is drilling maneuvers aimed at fulfilling surprise tasks such as repelling an attack of conditional enemy at vital facilities,” the press service said.

The 201st military base is the biggest military facility in Russia located outside its borders. It is located in three cities – Dushanbe, Kulyab and Kurgan-Tyube. Under an agreement signed in October 2012, the unit will stay in Tajikistan until 2042.


Delegation of the Russian Airborne troops pays a visit to Tajikistan

Today, the delegation of the Russian Airborne troops has arrived on a 3-day visit in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan.

According to the agenda, the servicemen of both countries will discuss conditions and prospects of cooperation in the military field, schedule a joint exercise with the use of airmobile units.

In the course of these three days, the Russian officers will also visit the Airborne brigade of the Armed Forces of Tajikistan.

Russian military delegation is headed by the Chief of the Airborne troops combat training Colonel Sergei Ryazantsev.

The visit will last until June 9.

Joint Russian-Tajik Military Drills Kick Off in Russia


March 14 – The main stage of the joint Russian-Tajik exercises will start on Monday, an aid to the commander of Russia’s Central Military District said.
“The main phase of the joint command-staff exercises involving the units of the armed forces of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Tajikistan begins today,” Col. Yaroslav Roschupkin said in a statement.
The statement added that the command and control units of Tajikistan’s Defense Ministry and Russia’s Central Military District as well as the the two countries’ motorized rifle, armored and artillery units, special forces, as well as airborne and air assault groups would participate in the drill.
The joint aviation group will reportedly include Russia’s long-range Tupolev Tu-22M3 bombers, the Sukhoi Su-25SM and Su-24M attack aircraft, the Mil Mi-24 attack helicopters and Mi-8 military transport aircraft, as well as the Tajik air assets. The group will provide for the troops deployment and operations in Lyaur, Harb-Maydoni, Momirak and Halkaer firing ranges.

Russian Military Technologies's photo.

Russian military conduct antiterrorist drills in Tajikistan



Russian Military Technologies's photo.

February 29 – Antiterrorist exercises have been conducted at Russia’s Lyaur military range located on the outskirts of the Tajikistani capital Dushanbe, spokesman for the Russian Central Military District Nikolay Berkalov told on Monday.
“Reconnaissance teams of the 201st military base were involved in the simulated terrorist headquarters’ seek and destroy mission,” the official said. According to him, “the special operation was conducted simultaneously from two sides for the distraction of the terrorists’ attention.” Covered with massed intense fire from heavy-caliber machine guns of the BTR-80 armored personnel carriers, the reconnaissance crews got access to the terrorist facility and opened fire on the gunmen from the first floor. An assault team, using special climbing gear attacked and destroyed the enemy from the building’s roof.
The drills involved drones and automatic weapons with silencers. During the exercise the troops drilled counter-sabotage actions in unfamiliar mountainous terrain during the day and nighttime.
The 201st Russian military base was created in 2004 on the premises of the 201st division and numbers 6,000 officers and soldiers. It is the largest Russian military contingent abroad. The military units of the base are deployed in the Tajikistani capital of Dushanbe, the city of Kurgan-Tyube, southern Tajikistan, and Kulyab, eastern Tajikistan, where the Russian regiment was formed back in the 30s of the previous century. The term of deployment of the Russian military base in Tajikistan expired in 2014. In October 2012 the presidents of the two countries signed an agreement extending the term of deployment of the Russian military base in Tajikistan until 2042.

Russia to train another 1,000 specialists for Tajik army at 201st military base

Еraining at Russia’s 201st military base in Tajikistan



DUSHANBE, February 3. /TASS/. Another thousand junior specialists of the Tajik army will undergo training at Russia’s 201st military base in Tajikistan, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said on Wednesday. ‘In 2016, we’ll train another 1,000 junior specialists for the armed forces of Tajikistan at the 201st Russian military base, for which the required resources are stipulated,” Antonov said. It was earlier reported that the Russian military had trained over a 1,000 specialists for the Tajik army. In particular, Russia trained commanders and gunners of Grad multiple rocket launch systems, as well as gunners and operators of T-72 tanks and BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicles. According to the deputy defense minister, about 560 Tajik servicemen are currently studying at Russian Defense Ministry institutes for free. “We are planning to provide military support for Tajikistan in future and coordinate our actions to ensure peace and security in Central Asia,” Antonov said. The Russian deputy defense minister said earlier that Russia would provide maximum assistance to Tajikistan with military hardware and equipment deliveries. Antonov also noted the role of the 201st military base, which is a major outpost beyond the Russian borders. According to the deputy defense minister, “the welfare of the entire Tajik people and the Russian Federation depends” on the capabilities of the 201st military base.

Russia to render maximum assistance to Tajikistan by supplying arms — defense ministry

Russian servicemen take part in military drills at a Russian base in Tajikistan (archive)

DUSHANBE, February 3. /TASS/. Russia will provide all possible assistance to Tajikistan’s army by supplying weapons and military equipment, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov told Tajik Defense Minister Sherali Mirzo on Wednesday.  “Our Tajik friends and brothers are experiencing new challenges and threats, taking into account the problems emanating from Afghanistan. For us it is important to understand what is going on there, what you are doing, and, of course, to render maximum assistance to the armed forces of Tajikistan by supplying arms, military equipment and providing everything necessary to boost their combat readiness,” Antonov said. He noted that Tajikistan was a priority area for Russia for developing military and military-technical cooperation. “We proceed from the assumption that the better Tajikistan’s security is, the better Russia’s security is,” Antonov said. He also promised that Russia’s 201st military base located in Tajikistan would be used, if necessary, “for protecting the national integrity and sovereignty of Tajikistan and, of course, the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) as a whole.”.

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.