The Kavkaz-2020 strategic exercises began in the Southern Military District. More than 80,000 people have been involved in them, the Defense Ministry said.
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The main maneuvers will take place at the Prudboy, Ashuluk, Kapustin Yar training grounds, as well as at the Arzgirsky and Kopansky air training grounds, TASS reports.
The exercises will be attended by, among other things, formations and units of combat, logistic and technical support, air defense formations, the Navy, as well as the Russian Guard and the Ministry of Emergency Situations.
The maximum number of personnel involved in military units subject to the Vienna Document 2011 in an exercise held under a single operational command will be up to 12.9 thousand people.
In addition to the Russians, the military from Armenia, Belarus, China, Myanmar and Pakistan will participate in the exercises. The number of the foreign contingent will not exceed 1,000 people. Representatives of Azerbaijan, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Sri Lanka will attend as observers.
The exercises will last until September 26, and will be led by the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation – First Deputy Defense Minister of the Russian Federation Valery Gerasimov.
On September 17, it became known that during the exercise, the Terminator tank support vehicles (BMPT) will be tested. Among the functions of the “Terminators” – support for infantry and tankers in the offensive and defense, on the march, the fight against heavy armored vehicles of the enemy and, possibly, battle in the city.