Six Tu-22 bombers flew over Belarus as part of the Slavic Brotherhood exercise, hitting conventional targets, the Russian Defense Ministry reported on September 23.
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“Six long-range supersonic Tu-22 bombers from the Shaikovka airfield in the Tver region flew over the territory of the Republic of Belarus and bombed simulated enemy targets at the Ruzhansky range, near the settlement of Baranovichi. All training targets have been hit, “RIA Novosti reports.
Then, after completing the combat training mission, the Russian aircraft returned to their airfields in the Russian Federation.
On the eve of the “Slavic Brotherhood – 2020” two Tu-160 missile carriers made a special flight along the southwestern, western and northwestern borders of Belarus.
Russian pilots have worked out the issues of operational interaction with the fighter aircraft of the Belarusian Air Force on air cover for the actions of the joint tactical group on the ground, the Russian Defense Ministry noted.
The second stage of the bilateral exercises “Slavic Brotherhood – 2020” started in Belarus on September 22. They will involve about 6 thousand servicemen of Belarus, as well as over 500 units. technology. On the Russian side, about 1,000 people and 100 units of military equipment will take part in the military exercises.
At the first stage of the exercises, the military worked out combat training tasks on counter-terrorism topics at the Brest training ground.
It was planned that in September at the Brestsky training ground will be held joint Belarusian-Russian-Serbian exercises, which are held alternately on the territory of one of the participating countries. In 2019, these exercises were held in Serbia, in 2018 – in Russia.
However, on September 9, Serbian Defense Minister Aleksandr Vulin announced that the European Union had demanded that Belgrade abandon the upcoming exercises in Belarus. The Serbian government has suspended military exercises with all countries for six months.