Training of the 18th Motorized Infantry Battalion

Training of the 18th Motorized Infantry Battalion

These are some photos of the 18th motorized infantry battalion manoeuvres in Stavropol Territory. Take a look!

Training of the 18th Motorized Infantry Battalion

Brigade commander.

Training of the 18th Motorized Infantry Battalion

MT-LB.

Training of the 18th Motorized Infantry Battalion

Smoke curtain. The military units begin to withdraw.

Training of the 18th Motorized Infantry Battalion

Training of the 18th Motorized Infantry Battalion

Dust raised by the tanks.

Training of the 18th Motorized Infantry Battalion

BTRs-82A (APC) are coming up. This picture was taken several days before.

Training of the 18th Motorized Infantry Battalion

Training of the 18th Motorized Infantry Battalion

Training of the 18th Motorized Infantry Battalion

Training of the 18th Motorized Infantry Battalion

Scouts are installing a range finder.

Training of the 18th Motorized Infantry Battalion

Training of the 18th Motorized Infantry Battalion

Chemical Agent Monitors.

Training of the 18th Motorized Infantry Battalion

The brigade is rearming. They replace BTR-80 with BTR-82A.

Training of the 18th Motorized Infantry Battalion

After the Russia-Georgia conflict, they armed with T-72 tanks.

Training of the 18th Motorized Infantry Battalion

‘Fagot’ 9K111 antitank rocket system. The brigade is also armed with a more up-to-date ‘Metis’ antitank rocket system.

Training of the 18th Motorized Infantry Battalion

This is it. ‘Metis’ 9K115 antitank rocket system.

Training of the 18th Motorized Infantry Battalion

Training of the 18th Motorized Infantry Battalion

Training of the 18th Motorized Infantry Battalion

Helmets are replaced with modern ones, however sometimes they wear old metal helmets. Most of the soldiers wear camouflage cloacks because it is hot on the training ground.

Training of the 18th Motorized Infantry Battalion

Waiting for the battle to begin.

Training of the 18th Motorized Infantry Battalion

12.7mm. tank machinegun.

Training of the 18th Motorized Infantry Battalion

The conventional enemy had entered the beaten zone.

Training of the 18th Motorized Infantry Battalion

BTR-82A. They should have put off the camouflage net.

Training of the 18th Motorized Infantry Battalion

The artillery is attacking.

Training of the 18th Motorized Infantry Battalion

Training of the 18th Motorized Infantry Battalion

They imitate the aviation support. The soldiers mark their front with orange smoke.

Training of the 18th Motorized Infantry Battalion

The tanks begin to attack.

Training of the 18th Motorized Infantry Battalion

First shots set the grass on fire. No soldier should stay like that in the trench! This is the commander’s mistake.

Training of the 18th Motorized Infantry Battalion

Training of the 18th Motorized Infantry Battalion

This training phase is over.

Training of the 18th Motorized Infantry Battalion

These are some pictures of the exercise which took place in 2010.

Training of the 18th Motorized Infantry Battalion

‘Akatsiya’ howitzer deployment.

Training of the 18th Motorized Infantry Battalion

Training of the 18th Motorized Infantry Battalion

They have opened fire.

Training of the 18th Motorized Infantry Battalion

Shell carriers at work.

Training of the 18th Motorized Infantry Battalion

Training of the 18th Motorized Infantry Battalion

Training of the 18th Motorized Infantry Battalion

Training of the 18th Motorized Infantry Battalion

The shalls can be seen flying.

Training of the 18th Motorized Infantry Battalion

20 thoughts on “Training of the 18th Motorized Infantry Battalion”

  1. I’m honestly surprised that they are still using those old simulator systems. They work just fine, but it’s not that hard to upgrade the systems.

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  2. Probably T62s. The pic looks like a T72BV. Interestingly, the tube mounted transversely at the rear of the turret basket is a Russian version of the Milan anti-tank rocket, the 9K111.

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    • Epic fail, it’s a SNORKEL, a metal tube made for diving… It bring air to the engine. River fording up to 5m. And yes before they had T-62.

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    • Utterly wrong, Russian forces used : T-62 mod.67 and mod.72, T-62M with and without up-armor package, T-72b mod.1988 (also called T72-bV) with Kontact-1 reactive protection and handful of T-72b mod.1990 (so called “T72bM”) with Kontact-5 reactive armour, used as command tanks mostly.

      During the war, they lost : 1 T-72bV during an ambush (tank recoverable), 1 T-72bM during the shelling of the peacekeeper base at Tskhinvali, the hull burnt, but the turret was later recovered and repaired, crew survived. 1 T-62 mod.72 knocked out, then repaired and back in service.

      Not a single T-80 or T-90 or T-64 (phased out in russia and only used in ukraine) was used in the war.

      Russians did not use a single T-55 (they still use some in far east regions, like sakaline island, and for training/shows), but South-ossetian “army” did use several T-55 and T-55AM.

      Georgian army only used T-72AV and T-72bV in the war, 13 of them destroyed, and several dozen captured.

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    • T-12 100mm smoothbore gun, can destroy any MBT out to 2km on the flank or rear. It can pierce weak spot of frontal armour of any MBT in 500-800m range.

      Might seem outdated, but in full scale war, AT guns are really usefull to defend secondary areas or to ambush armored/motorized columns.

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  3. Thank you for the pictures! I like the camouflage-Painting on the T-72. Is the whole Nato always in green-brown-black-Style!

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    • NATO has a whole range of camo patterns; 2 colour field, 3 colour field, 3 colour urban, 3 colour winter, desert, etc.. There seems to be a department to standardize colours and patterns for land, air & sea.

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