The Belarusian Ministry of Defense has started tactical air exercises with Russia.
The ministry said that the Russian and Belarusian units started the maneuvers, “and they form part of the aviation component of the regional grouping of forces, as these units set their main goal to increase interoperability in performing combat training tasks.”
Where it was stated in the statement of the Belarusian Ministry of Defense: “During the maneuvers, it is planned to work on a wide range of tasks, including conducting aerial reconnaissance, conducting joint patrols in the airspace along the country’s borders, providing air support to groupings of forces, landing tactical airborne forces, delivering goods and evacuating the wounded,” while the ministry indicated that all airports and training venues of the Belarusian Air Force and Air Defense Forces will participate in these maneuvers, which will continue until February 1.
The head of the Department of International Military Cooperation and Assistant Minister of Defense of Belarus, Valery Revenko, said earlier this month that the strengthening of the Belarusian-Russian group of forces aims to enhance the defense capability of the Union State, and is not directed against third countries.
In turn, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Andrei Zhuk stated that the two countries will continue to improve army training, and after the tactical flight exercises, various types of staff training will be conducted, as the “Union Shield 2023” joint exercise will be one of the preparation stages.