Huge weapons equipment goes to Belarus, S-400 too

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MINSK, ($1= 2.50 Belarusian Rubles) – Russia will soon supply Belarus with dozens of aircraft, helicopters, air defense systems, and, possibly, S-400, said President of the Republic Alexander Lukashenko on Wednesday, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Interfax.

“Shortly (I signed an order the day before yesterday) the Russian Federation will supply us (I won’t say what money and what) dozens of aircraft, dozens of helicopters, the most important air defense weapons. Maybe even S-400s. We need them, I have already spoken about this,” Lukashenko said. He is quoted by the state agency BelTA.

According to the President, we are talking about the most modern equipment. “We will equip. If we see at the exercises [Zapad-2021, -“IF”] that we need something else, then we will buy from the Russian Federation and put it into service,” Lukashenko added.

On August 25, answering a question from Interfax, the director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation [FSMTC] of Russia Dmitry Shugaev said that the issue of supplying Belarus with S-400 air defense systems has not yet moved into a practical plane.

“I haven’t moved into practical practice yet, but with such a fraternal country as Belarus, we naturally see no reason to be cool about this,” he said at the Army-2021 forum.

“If the Belarusian side receives an appeal from the S-400 system to Pantsiri-S1 in the prescribed manner, it will be worked out in a short time,” Shugaev said.

On August 9, Lukashenko announced that Minsk was interested in buying the Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile system and was counting on a positive decision from the Russian leadership. Lukashenko then said that for the purchase of the S-400 and other modern Russian weapons, funds from the Russian state loan, which was previously issued for the construction of the BelNPP, could be used. “We saved a lot of money at the nuclear power plant. But there was a promise from Putin: here is a loan for the nuclear power plant of $ 10 billion – how much you will save – for other projects,” the head of Belarus said.

“So I want to build a nitrogen plant for the money saved, and we will additionally process about 2 billion cubic meters of natural gas. There will remain from $ 300 million to $ 500 million – a decent amount, we will direct it for the purchase of military-technical equipment, including the S-400 complexes,” reported Lukashenko on August 9.

On January 14, the commander of the Air Force and Air Defense Forces of Belarus Igor Golub said that Belarus plans to conclude a contract with Russia for the supply of S-400 systems and Pantsir-S complexes.

S-400 Triumph – long-range air defense system [JSC Concern VKO Almaz-Antey]. Pantsir-S – short-range air defense system [developed by the Shipunov Instrument Design Bureau, NPO High-Precision Complexes holding].

Russia is fulfilling a contract for the supply of Su-30SM multi-role fighters of the 4+ generation to Belarus. Belarus plans to receive the second batch of aircraft in October 2022, the republic’s defense ministry said on February 5.

Russia is working on the issue of supplying Belarus with new radar stations for various purposes, the FSMTC of Russia told Interfax on June 23.

On June 18, the head of Rosoboronexport, Alexander Mikheev, announced the company’s plans to increase the level of cooperation with Belarus in several areas.

The press service of the Almaz-Antey concern reported that its representatives at the Milex-2021 defense exhibition in Minsk in June planned to hold negotiations on servicing previously supplied equipment, modernizing air defense systems, supplying spare parts and components, as well as creating on the territory of Belarus service center for the repair and maintenance of short-range anti-aircraft missile systems “Tor”.

Since 1995, Belarus has hosted two Russian military facilities – the 43rd communications center of the Russian Navy “Vileika” and the “Volga” radar station, which operates as part of the Russian missile attack warning system.

Since 1999, a regional Russian-Belarusian grouping of troops has been functioning.

In March 2017, Andrei Ravkov, being the Minister of Defense of Belarus, stated that the regional grouping of forces includes the armed forces of Belarus and the 1st Tank Army of the Western Military District of Russia. Russia and Belarus have a single regional air defense system.

The defense ministers of Russia and Belarus at the talks in Moscow in March agreed to create three training centers for joint training of military personnel – in the Nizhny Novgorod and Kaliningrad regions, as well as in the Grodno region of Belarus.

On September 10-16, Russia and Belarus are planning to conduct a strategic exercise “West-2021”, the maneuvers will be held on the territory of the two countries.

As Interfax reported, in September 2020, Russia sent three battalions of paratroopers to Belarus for the Unbreakable Brotherhood 2020 exercise. The maneuvers to which Russia attracted strategic Tu-160 bombers and long-range Tu-22M3 bombers took place against the backdrop of thousands of protests in Belarus against the results of the presidential elections.

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