In Sergeevka, Russian Far East, missile and artillery units recently held large-scale integration exercises. Over 2,5 thousand military men were practising their combat skills. 50% of the drills were held at night. The pictures are taken by smitsmitty, the Russian blogger.
The drill began at 10 a.m. The officers checking the ammunition and the equipment, were given the fireproof uniform.
They displayed all of the artillery systems available in service of the Russian armed forces: self-propelled systems 2S1 “Gvozdika”, 2S3 “Acacia”, self-propelled systems “Hyacinth” with a 152 mm gun, multiple artillery rocket systems “Grad”, MRLS “Tornado-G”.
The command vehicle intended to provide radio communication and control during the drill.
They need less time for aiming than “Grad”, but the destruction range remains the same – 40-100 km. “Tornado” is a new supply for the Russian Far East, while “Grad” has been used here for over fifty years.
Loading ammunition into “Grad”.
The main goal of the special tactic exercises is to check the interaction of cannon and rocket artillery.
Gun-layer is aiming “Grad” at the target.
Ammunition loading into “Tornado-G”.
It was getting dark when they started the firing exercises.
“Tornado”, “Grad”, “Hyacinth”, “Acacia”, “Gvozdika” systems were firing all together.
Mortar units lighted the target area with mines and shells…
Only in such conditions can soldier learn what to do at war and acquire necessary skills.
Many thanks to smitsmitty for the pictures.