MOSCOW, ($1=73.04 Russian Rubles) – Russian Su-30SM fighters, deployed to Belarus, will be on duty to guard the air borders of the Union State, the Belarusian Defense Ministry said, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
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“Su-30SM aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces arrived at the Baranovichi airfield to form a combat training center for joint training of the Air Force and Air Defense Forces of Belarus and Russia,” the ministry’s official telegram channel said.
“It is planned that the aviators will carry out joint combat duty to protect the air borders of the Union State,” the ministry added.
From the photos of the Ministry of Defense of Belarus, it follows that Russia has relocated to Belarus at least three Su-30SM fighters.
The Su-30SM [modernized serial] is a 4+ generation multipurpose fighter developed by the Sukhoi Design Bureau and is serially produced at the Irkutsk aircraft plant of the Irkut Corporation [both companies are part of the UAC].
The Su-30SM is intended for gaining air superiority, blocking enemy airfields at great depths, destroying air, ground, and sea targets, including at night and in difficult meteorological conditions.
On March 5, the Russian military department reported that the ministers of defense of Russia and Belarus Sergei Shoigu and Viktor Khrenin agreed to create three training centers for the joint training of military personnel, one of the centers will be based in Belarus.
These centers will be deployed in the Nizhny Novgorod and Kaliningrad regions of Russia, as well as in the Grodno region of Belarus, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.
Earlier, Belarusian Defense Minister Viktor Khrenin said that Minsk and Moscow would develop a joint regional grouping of troops.
The joint regional grouping of forces includes the First Tank Army of the Western Military District of the Russian Federation and the armed forces of Belarus, Andrei Ravkov, who was the Minister of Defense of Belarus, said in March 2017.
On September 9-15, Russia and Belarus will conduct the West-2021 strategic exercise. In the maneuvers, which will take place on the territory of the two countries, as well as in the southern part of the Baltic Sea, about 200 thousand militaries will be involved, the Russian Defense Ministry reported. Russia sent about 2.5 thousand troops to these exercises in Belarus.
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.
On September 1, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko announced that Russia would soon supply Belarus with dozens of aircraft, helicopters, air defense systems, and, possibly, S-400s.
“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 C-400s. We need them, I have already spoken about this,” Lukashenka said at the time.
On September 3, answering a question from Interfax in Vladivostok, the head of the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation [FSMTC] Dmitry Shugaev said that he saw no obstacles to the supply of S-400 systems to Belarus.
“Belarus is a strategic partner for us, we live in one Union State, and since the S-400 is still a system that is intended, among other things, for export, of course, it will be logical, in case of other things being equal, to satisfy the needs of Belarus in this system,” he said. “I do not see any obstacles and restrictions at the moment,” said Shugaev.
On August 25, answering a question from Interfax at the Army-2021 forum near Moscow, Shugaev said that the issue of supplying Belarus with S-400 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 the Pantsiri-C1 in the prescribed manner, it will be worked out in a short time,” Shugaev said then.
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 multipurpose 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.
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.
Russia and Belarus have a single regional air defense system.
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