On September, 22, the final phase of the united Russia-Belarus-Ukraine-Kazakhstan 'Union Shield-2011' exercise took place. It was held on Ashuluk training ground in Astrakhan region. Russia was represented by the 21st motorized infantry battalion; Belarus was represented by the 120th mechanized infantry brigade of the Guards; Ukraine and Kazakhstan were represented by airborne companies. Around 12 000 servicemen, over 200 units of surface transport, and 50 units of airborne transport took part in the exercise.
Byelorussian servicemen are preparing a pilotless vehicle.
Pilotless vehicle 'Irkut-10'.
A Byelorussian serviceman is wearing an F-type hazmat suit.
A cockade of the Byelorussian serviceman.
Here's the Byelorussian BMP-2.
A serviceman is camouflages something by sticking twigs into the ground. Pay your attention to the bullet-proof vest. Later on you'll see other discrepancies within the same battalion.
Here they are! These guys are wearing old 6B5 bullet-proof vests.
The Byelorussians still have the RPK. In Russia they changed it for the PKM or the PKP, exept for the airborne troops and special mission units .
Here's another kind of bullet-proof vests.