Russian and Belarusian units of the regional group of forces began joint tactical flight drills in Belarus on Monday, the Belarusian Defense Ministry said in a statement.
“A joint tactical flight exercise involving the air units of Belarus and Russia that make up the aviation component of the regional group of forces kicked off today. Russia is represented by an Aerospace Forces unit,” the statement read.
The Belarusian Defense Ministry pointed out that “the exercise is taking place at all airfields and training ranges of the Belarusian Armys air and air defense forces.”
“The drills are set to practice a broad range of objectives, in particular, conducting air reconnaissance, carrying out joint aerial patrols along the state border, providing air support for combat teams, landing a tactical assault force, delivering cargo and evacuating casualties,” the ministry said.
The Russian-Belarusian joint tactical flight drills are aimed at “boosting operational compatibility in jointly fulfilling combat training objectives,” the Belarusian Defense Ministry emphasized.
On January 8, the Belarusian Defense Ministry announced that the Russian Aerospace Forces air units had arrived in the country to take part in a joint flight tactical exercise of the aviation component of the regional group of forces set to be held from January 16 to February 1.