Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

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.

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

Byelorussian servicemen are preparing a pilotless vehicle.

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

Pilotless vehicle ‘Irkut-10’.

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

A Byelorussian serviceman is wearing an F-type hazmat suit.

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

A cockade of the Byelorussian serviceman.

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

Here’s the Byelorussian BMP-2.

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

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.

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

Here they are! These guys are wearing old 6B5 bullet-proof vests.

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

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 .

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

Here’s another kind of bullet-proof vests.

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

T-2…

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

… and its cute driver.

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

Tankmen are getting in the tank.

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

Strela-10 air defense system.

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

Here’s a Byelorussian operational commander who’s wearing another kind of bullet-proof vests. He said his glasses were standard, but he was the only one who wore those.

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

This guy is posing for TV.

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

Another tank.

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

Byelorussian servicemen are waiting for the exercise to begin.

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

Here’s a good old R-159.

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

The motorized infantry battalion commander has a backsight on his submachine gun.

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

This serviceman is working with the Strelets CRUS reconnaissance, communication, and controle system.

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

The system was introduced into the army (reconnaissance troops) in 2007. It has been tested in different exercises, including ‘Zapad-2009’ military exercise. Interface with range finders, some kinds of radars, and pilotless vehicles is possible.

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

Apart from Strelets, ‘Perunit-C’ GLONASS/GPS navigation device is used.

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

Strelets is used for giving target designations to Su-24-M bombers. This is how it happens.  The PDU-4 laser range finder (with a range of 3-5 kilometers) spots the target and transmits the information to the commander’s personal computer, who in his turn, transmits it to the aircraft. The P-853-B2M radio station range is 8 kilometers; when the ground retransmiter is used, the range is up to 200 kilometers; when the retransmiter-aircraft is used at a hight of 9-10 kilometers, the range reaches 300-400 kilometer. Moreover, each aircraft with the SVP-24 system, is a retransmiter itself.

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

Aviation spotter. The pilot has a new Strelets CRUS on. The other man has an older version.

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

Using SVP-24 Strelets CRUS on unguided missiles , they have an accuracy of 0-20 meters.

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

A computer screen with targets.

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

Aircrafts which have received targets and are pursuing them.

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

Position data and type of each is seen.

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

When a soldier has a Strelets CRUS system on, its range is 1.5-2 kilometers, which makes it possible to cover the whole company. Its battary can work for 12 hours uninterruptedly in any weather (from -40 degrees Celsius to +50 degrees Celsius); hot battery change is possible.

Here’s an example of a formalized message that came to the commander’s computer, and is being reproduced through the headset with a microphone.

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

This is how they check up members of the crew connected to the net.

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

These are military characteristics of the target missiles which are used at the exercise. ‘Sinitsa-23’, ‘Bekas’ target missiles; ‘Armavir’ target missile.

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

‘Kaban’ target missile; ‘Pischal’ target missile.

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

‘MR-9ITs-B’ target missile; ‘Strizh’ target missile.

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

‘Saman’ target missile; ‘Dan’ pilotless target aircraft.

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

Missile training potential of the ‘Ashuluk’ training ground.

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

The military exercise has begun. On the screen they show pilotless vehicles over the battlefield-to-be.

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

The aviation begins the battle. These are MiG-29, Su-25, Su-34, Su-24M, Tu-22M3.

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

Bomb attacks.

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

Fougasse explosion.

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

Tunguska 3RK is attacking Fakel target with its 30-millimeters guns.

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

Anti-aircraft defense system fire is enormous!

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

This is what Byelorussian ‘GRAD’s do.

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

‘Buratino’ TOS has fired a volley.

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

Mi-24N.

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

Ka-52.

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

Anti-tank missiles and BRDMs are working on the ground.

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

Tanks are counterattacking.

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

The troops are leaving after the battle.

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

 

Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise

Location: Astrakhan region

via twower

 

25 thoughts on “Union Shield 2011 Military Exercise”

  1. A. Bunka here. Just a note: today the space age began with the launch of “Sputnik”, in 1957. Considering that Stalin threw Sergei Pavlovich Korolev into a gulag, along with most of the army leadership, it’s a miracle the USSR had a space program at all.

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  2. A very interesting story. I notice that this exercise takes place in daylight and clear weather and is obviously dependent on good observation. What happens at night and in bad weather?
    This exercise is very much like a Soviet-era positional exercise with no movement. Strictly stand -in-one-place and pretend you are at war. This is not the way to train for modern war.

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  3. Actually you are terribly wrong. I think Russians know best what happens when you are inadequately prepared for war. Almost, (most likely more than) 30 million dead, economy in ruins, infrastructure gone, and maniac mass murderer in the Kremlin to ensure that Russians continued to suffer long after the war.

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    • We have wars because people will kill somebody because somebody else tells them to. I do not deny history, but lets stop repeating it. How will the world change if we don’t!

      Go on, hide this comment to.

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  4. I agree geoff, war is bad and they should not be allowed to make bombs and hurt people. We should all love each other! I will change my opinion if I ever get raped in the ass, however.

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  5. Remember “All Quiet on the Western Front”.
    Katczinsky says:”the next time the leaders want a war, they should be stripped naked and a field and have it out with clubs.”

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  6. @goeff, Mingus

    Unless each and every military in the world completely demilitarizes, there will always be some force with which to fight with. And even then there are the terrorists, separatists, extremists, etc…

    SO better be prepared, IMO.

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  7. I do not think should be good idea demilitarized the world yet; but could be back the old days, when the kings used to go to wars. Should be well organized only over fifties should go to wars, and most the government’s people; included Prime Ministers and Presidents over 50 should go to wars. Their usual are the instigators and proved themselves like the old days. China too because over populated should be over 40s. This way I believe will be the end of wars. Even some presidents now 70s should go to wars. If they die of heart problems: because to worry about it, too bad. But women too should go, just in case to give some moral to the old focus. Common spread my idea OK. Do all of you know the population in the world? Over five billion of people. Just China has a billion and half. India already passes a billion. I am sure no more wars if could do these tactics. The old guys has been the trouble makers in the world; they instigates and having the most money too. But I I’m old too: and the reason I mention, because the old ones are in control and never going to be this way. Há há há. A.Oscar I have laugh like crazy about this.

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  8. Do all these computers use Windows? If so you can count on getting the infamous “blue screen of death” right at a critical moment.

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    • That’s not Windows, unless they’re messing around with the theme.

      Probably some flavor of open source OS that is compiled by the military.

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