Defense Ministry’s Western Military Region for the Baltic Fleet’s press service said that joint Missile Forces from the Baltic Fleet have begun in Russia’s exclave of Kaliningrad.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Joint Missile Forces from the Baltic Fleet have begun in Russia’s exclave of Kaliningrad, the Defense Ministry’s Western Military Region for the Baltic Fleet’s press service said Tuesday.“Upon arrival at the assigned region, the missile forces will complete exercises on the deployment of complexes in unprepared positioned regions…and the military servicemen of the joint forces will in the end develop a complex of drills with the tasks of multiple changes to starting positions without any live fire,” the press service said in a statement.
Exercises will be held in Kaliningrad until the end of March, the press service said.
The Baltic Fleet carried out similar exercises last October, in accordance with its combat training plans.
The drills included the simulated destruction of enemy sabotage and reconnaissance groups and passing contaminated areas, according to the Defense Ministry.
The Kaliningrad Region is Russia’s westernmost exclave, bordering Poland and Lithuania.
In 2008, Russia made international headlines when it announced it could place Iskander missile systems in Kaliningrad on a permanent basis in response to NATO deploying its missile shield close to Russian borders. The move would enable Russia to hit targets in Poland, Latvia and Lithuania.
The Russian military has concluded a massive surprise drill in the Kaliningrad region to test the combat readiness of some 9,000 troops and 642 vehicles, including tactical Iskander-M ballistic missile systems rapidly deployed from the mainland.
The drills took place December 5-10, the head of the main Operation Directorate of General Staff, Lieutenant General Andrey Kartapolov announced on Tuesday. Military units and formations deployed in the Western Military District were brought to their highest level of combat readiness at 7 p.m. Moscow time on December 5.
The exercises involved missile and artillery units, mechanized infantry, airborne troops and marines, division reconnaissance, communications, logistics, as well as the crews of combat and military transport aircraft and helicopters, and vessels of the Baltic Fleet.
Tactical Iskander-M ballistic missile systems of the Western Military District’s missile brigade were rapidly transferred from Russia’s mainland to conduct off-the-march combat training tasks. Within two days, two brigades were deployed in Kaliningrad by the military transport aircraft and vessels of the Baltic Fleet.
A fully operational and self-sufficient interspecific group of troops was created within a “very short period of time,” Kartapolov said, adding that currently all the units taking part in tactical exercises have returned to the places of their permanent deployment.
In 2014, the Russian military held numerous maneuvers in several districts of Russia, including two major exercise events – Vostok-2014 and Russia-China Naval Interaction-2014. Vostok 2014 was the most prominent military drill, held in 11 areas in the Far Eastern part of Russia with about 150,000 people participating.
Nezavisimaya gazeta 26.06.2014
In the Kaliningrad region the state testing of being on pilot duty radar “Voronezh DM.” has started. Construction of the station started in 2010. Except for the radar in an area of 136 hectares was created a cantonment with engineering and utilities and social infrastructure. After completing the tests, designed for three months, the station will be transferred to the military for continuous operation