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.
… and its cute driver.
Tankmen are getting in the tank.
Strela-10 air defense system.
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.
This guy is posing for TV.
Byelorussian servicemen are waiting for the exercise to begin.
Here’s a good old R-159.
The motorized infantry battalion commander has a backsight on his submachine gun.
This serviceman is working with the Strelets CRUS reconnaissance, communication, and controle system.
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.
Apart from Strelets, ‘Perunit-C’ GLONASS/GPS navigation device is used.
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.
Aviation spotter. The pilot has a new Strelets CRUS on. The other man has an older version.
Using SVP-24 Strelets CRUS on unguided missiles , they have an accuracy of 0-20 meters.
A computer screen with targets.
Aircrafts which have received targets and are pursuing them.
Position data and type of each is seen.
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.
This is how they check up members of the crew connected to the net.
These are military characteristics of the target missiles which are used at the exercise. ‘Sinitsa-23’, ‘Bekas’ target missiles; ‘Armavir’ target missile.
‘Kaban’ target missile; ‘Pischal’ target missile.
‘MR-9ITs-B’ target missile; ‘Strizh’ target missile.
‘Saman’ target missile; ‘Dan’ pilotless target aircraft.
Missile training potential of the ‘Ashuluk’ training ground.
The military exercise has begun. On the screen they show pilotless vehicles over the battlefield-to-be.
The aviation begins the battle. These are MiG-29, Su-25, Su-34, Su-24M, Tu-22M3.
Tunguska 3RK is attacking Fakel target with its 30-millimeters guns.
Anti-aircraft defense system fire is enormous!
This is what Byelorussian ‘GRAD’s do.
‘Buratino’ TOS has fired a volley.
Anti-tank missiles and BRDMs are working on the ground.
Tanks are counterattacking.
The troops are leaving after the battle.
Location: Astrakhan region