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"West-2013" - as it were


There was a large-scale destabilization of the socio-political situation in Belarus and in the Kaliningrad region, where illegal armed groups operate. They receive support from the territory of neighboring countries, camps for training terrorists who are being bombarded, including the sea, have been set up in the western enclave of Russia. The same way the militants come weapon. Illegal armed groups seized a part of the Russian coast, as well as a number of settlements located near the coastline.

1. The Russian territorial waters included foreign ships carrying the fighters and weapons.

2. With the help of speedboats, the landing of fighters of an illegal armed formation on the coast begins.

3. Militants landed more and more.

4. Ammunition and barrels of fuel are loaded onto seized cars.

5. There are still many militants aboard a foreign ship, so the boats scurry about like shuttles between the intruder ship and the coast.

6. Another battle group is landing.







13. The warships of the Russian Navy are blocking the landing area of ​​the illegal armed formations.



16. Su-24 front bombers appear in the sky.

17. Militants throw all the way.


19. Attack the Su-34.

20. Militants are beginning to mine the terrain to make it harder for the prosecution.






26. Go deep into the coast.




30. Part of the militants occupy the defense, covering the main mass of the retreating.


According to the plan of fire destruction of force fleet started the fire preparation of the landing of the sea landing. A group of ships of direct fire support consisting of four missile boats of Project 1241 carry out the defeat of fire weapons of a conditional enemy on the shore.

With access to a distance that ensures the effective use of naval artillery, the destroyer of project 956 "Persistent" proceeds to fire destruction of designated coastal targets. Following the ships, the army sets about to defeat the enemy aviation.

The operation involved a strike group of four Mi-24 helicopters. Their task is to inflict fire damage on militant formations.

1. Ships providing sea blockade.


3. Ships pursue ships of illegal armed groups.




7. A group of ships of direct fire support in the composition of the rocket boats of the project 1241.

8. To the coastline on high-speed boats, assault groups are moving forward.

9. The task of the assault detachment is to destroy enemy fire weapons leading direct fire, and to ensure, together with the air tactical assault force, landing and operations of manipulator groups and defensive groups.


11. Machine gunner militants changes firing position.



14. From the sea, Ka-27PS helicopters are approaching the coast, disembarking pickup teams.





19. Disembarkation group landing.


21. Helicopters Mi-8MTV-5 with a tactical airborne assault consisting of two assault troop mouths of a brigade of marines.






27. The large landing ships "Kaliningrad" and "Azov" carry out fire support for the actions of a tactical airborne assault by firing a blow with the use of multiple launch rocket systems of the A-215 Grad-M complex at locations of militants.



30. The landing of the naval assault.


"West-2013": test of combat capability

On September 27 in Moscow, the Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation, Army General Sergei Shoigu, met with military observers from leading Russian media and members of the public. The meeting was devoted to the preliminary results of the West-2013 joint strategic exercise, which ended last week. Other topical issues of military construction were also discussed. Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces - First Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation General of the Army Valery Gerasimov, First Deputy Minister of Defense General of the Army Arkady Bakhin, State Secretary - Deputy Minister of Defense Nikolai Pankov, Deputy Minister of Defense General of the Army Dmitry Bulgakov.

Both the completed doctrine, and the sudden inspections of the troops, which were quite a few this year, were carried out in order to understand what our defense potential actually is, what tasks our units and formations can cope with, and what state they are in. Moreover, as the Minister of Defense noted, these checks are constantly being carried out - at the level of formations, unions, clans and types of the Armed Forces. Simply, the most ambitious of them are widely publicized. So, last week, in the course of one of these checks, almost 200 Air Force planes flew into the air, everything went off in working mode.

The results of these inspections and exercises, said Army General Sergei Shoigu, indicate that the public opinion about the loss of combat capability of our army is erroneous.

“We are not so weak, we are not as weak as anyone would like,” the Russian defense minister emphasized.

As a result of the verification activities carried out this year, the Ministry of Defense will have a complete picture of the current state of the Armed Forces and other components of the state’s defense capability. And most importantly, it will become clear what specific measures need to be taken to further increase the combat capability of the army and navy.

What problems in the training of troops were identified during the SSU "West-2013"?

Answering this question from Red Star, the Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, First Deputy Defense Minister of the Russian Federation, Army General Valery Gerasimov, noted that these problems were due to the fact that the previous such exercise, West-2009, was conducted four years ago. During this time, views have changed on the forms and methods of conducting military operations. Accordingly, the methods and forms of preparing and conducting a joint special operation required additional research, which was carried out during the Zapad-2013 SSU.

The Chief of the General Staff recalled that none of the states of the region was considered as an adversary - according to the exercise scenario, illegal armed groups acted as an enemy on the territory of Belarus and the Kaliningrad Region, which were destroyed by joint actions of the Regional Group of Forces (Forces).

Preparations for the Zapad-2013 SSU began as early as March of the 2013 of the year, from March to September more than 150 conducted various exercises of military units and military units, staff training of governing bodies, said Army General Valery Gerasimov. So, the troops and headquarters approached the training prepared and managed to accomplish the assigned tasks.

With the equipment of the Armed Forces more and more modern means of armed struggle, an increase in the range of target destruction at sea and on land and, accordingly, a multiple increase in the area where exercises are held, training activities for the troops become less spectacular, said Army General Sergei Shoigu.

As one example, the Minister of Defense cited exercises at the Ashuluk training ground, which took place this spring. Then they were tested in the operation of the air defense and missile defense systems. In the course of the exercise, calculations protecting the sky of Moscow were transferred to Ashuluk, where they worked out tasks for their intended purpose: they intercepted missiles fired from strategic aircraft and other means of destruction.

“The nature of the war is changing,” stated Army General Sergei Shoigu and noted the need to move to working out new ways to conduct it.
In this regard, in the future, the number of the involved equipment and the plans of the exercises will become completely different in our Armed Forces.
In addition to the army and navy, for the first time in recent years, several other ministries and departments of the Russian Federation took part in the strategic exercise “Zapad-2013”, including their mobilization capabilities. What did this check show?

The First Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation, Army General Arkady Bakhin, answering this question from the Red Star, said that a feature of the Zapad-2013 exercise was that prior to the start of practical operations, troops were checked and evaluated on mobilization issues by the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Energy , the regional command of the internal troops of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia, in full - the Nizhny Novgorod region and on certain issues of the organization of territorial defense - Smolensk region.

Taking into account the reduction in the number of troops and base towns, changes in the approach of the military registration and enlistment offices to solving the tasks facing them were required to study the issues of interdepartmental cooperation in organizing the territorial defense of the most important facilities of the energy complex.
For many years - almost 25 years - the Ministry of Defense did not interact in these matters with a number of federal structures. This state of affairs revealed the need for changes to some planning documents during this review.

At the same time, clear interaction is maintained with regional groupings of the internal troops of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia. In addition to the central regional command of the internal troops of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia, the decision of the commander-in-chief of the internal troops brought the Privolzhsky regional command in Nizhny Novgorod to the highest degree of combat readiness.

The mobilization of people in Smolensk and Nizhny Novgorod in the structure of territorial defense was organized. Those who arrived from the reserve went through a course of coordination, held joint exercises with subdivisions of internal troops.

In Nizhny Novgorod, the need was identified to make changes to a number of planning documents. But the transfer of the government of the Nizhny Novgorod region to the military mode of operation was clearly and orderly. At the same time, the governor of the region, who was on vacation, nevertheless arrived at the command post, held a meeting on mobilization issues, brought the regional government to the suburban control posts. Within a few days, all components of a mobilization nature were tested. Revealed and disadvantages. For example, military-type columns, which should be formed by auto enterprises, are outdated.

As you know, during the SSU many tasks were performed in the interests of regrouping troops from the central part of Russia to the western theater, where the active phase of the exercise was carried out, using railway transport, river fleet, civil aviation. And in this transport sphere a number of mobilization documents are outdated and need to be processed.

The exercise also revealed the likelihood of problems in providing troops with fuel in a special period.

“In Soviet times, if the war was tomorrow, we knew for example that the Ministry of Oil and Gas Industry would supply the Armed Forces with a certain amount of jet fuel, diesel and gasoline in these places,” the defense minister continued.

Today the situation is different - the governance structure in the country has changed.

- Today there is no Soviet Union - there are Gazpromneft, Lukoil, Rosneft ... - the head of the military department stated. - So, they should have the appropriate reserves, delivery plans and contracts concluded in advance. These companies need to know exactly how much, where and in what time they should supply us with the necessary materials.

According to him, the same applies to the Ministry of Transport, the Federal Agency for Air Transport - the Federal Air Transport Agency, the Federal Agency for Sea and River Transport, Russian Railways, RusHydro and others.

- We need to build new relationships with these organizations. These questions were worked out on behalf of the Supreme Commander including during the exercise “3apad-2013”, - said Army General Sergey Shoigu.

As for the organization of territorial defense, it is also necessary to make changes here, taking into account the development of means of armed struggle, including high-precision long-range weapons.

Has the joint strategic doctrine demonstrated to the West that the Syrian option with regard to Belarus will not work?
Answering this question, Army General Sergei Shoigu said that there is no direct relationship between the “West-2013” doctrine and the Syrian problem, Syria is a separate issue.

“We — somewhere in the open part, somewhere through our bilateral closed channels — show what we see, hear and analyze what is happening there,” said the Russian Defense Minister, recalling the timely detection of ballistic missiles launched in the Mediterranean by Israel, Armavir-based radar station of the missile attack warning system of the East Kazakhstani Army.

“Literally a week later, our missile warning system recorded the launch of two more missiles, already in another water area,” said Army General Sergei Shoigu.
That is, the Russian anti-aircraft missile defense system is working reliably, and, according to the Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation, "we are ready to react if this (rocket weapons - Auth.) Is directed against us."

At the meeting, we also talked about the new quality of human capital for the Armed Forces, about how to ensure that the smartest, most competent young people come to the army who would like to serve the motherland honestly. Speaking about this, Army General Sergei Shoigu recalled the formation of cadet schools in several regions of the country, told about plans to create a boarding school of the Ministry of Defense for gifted children. It is known that the first two scientific companies appeared in the Armed Forces. They, according to General of the Army Sergei Shoigu, showed themselves brilliantly, so it is planned to create two more. Competition in them 15 people into place; the servicemen of these companies are very seriously motivated, aimed at the result, at the service of Russia.

“I have confidence that many of them will continue to work in our structures in the future,” said the Minister of Defense.

The head of the military department also mentioned a completely different aspect of the manifestation of “human capital” in the military department, saying that last year about 112 thousands of lawsuits were filed with officers of the Ministry of Defense. This year there are about 8 thousand, that is, ten times less, and in most cases, these claims have no substantial grounds.

“There was a delay for several days of certain cash payments (allowances), or a separate element of property was not issued, and the soldier goes to court,” the head of the military department stated.

- Of course, the Ministry of Defense should do everything to ensure the military personnel with all necessary on time. But with this priyatnichestvom in the troops have to do something. But this is a question for society as a whole, - the Minister of Defense emphasized.

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  1. kosopooz77
    kosopooz77 2 October 2013 08: 35
    A good photo selection. Only somehow already fed up that our Armed Forces are politically correctly called "terrorists" during the exercises of the conditional enemy. Even they are sometimes undermined by nuclear bombs. We are all worried, how could the Western "partners" not be bullied? Here neutral Switzerland has recently carried out maneuvers, openly declaring that against France, which, according to legend, fell apart into several parts.
    1. arutun
      arutun 2 October 2013 10: 07
      It is not necessary to call a spade a spade, those who need to understand and read between the lines.
      For example:
      If your neighbor in the yard set up a shooting range and shoots at a target, and your photo is on the target, then you will not like this and you will be right.
      And if he does this and his target is normal as in a dash, you see in what physical form the neighbor will not want to climb into his garden at night, because you will get between the eyes.
    2. honest jew
      honest jew 2 October 2013 14: 55
      What kind of nonsense? Militants landed in Russia amphibious assault !!!! Mining the coast, to immediately keep the defense in Russia from the Russian naval assault !!! At the same time retreating deep into Russia !!! Accidentally, Medvedev did not write the scenario of the exercises?
      1. vjhbc
        vjhbc 2 October 2013 19: 45
        look at the depth of the map where the Kaliningrad region is located.
        Quote: honest Jew
        What kind of nonsense? Militants landed in Russia amphibious assault !!!! Mining the coast, to immediately keep the defense in Russia from the Russian naval assault !!! At the same time retreating deep into Russia !!! Accidentally, Medvedev did not write the scenario of the exercises?
  2. pahom54
    pahom54 2 October 2013 08: 51
    ... ",,, Was the joint strategic exercise demonstrated to the West that the Syrian option against Belarus will not work? ..." ...
    Of course it was. And I hope it affected the hawks of the West ...
    1. Tourist Breakfast
      Tourist Breakfast 2 October 2013 15: 36
      Was the joint strategic exercise demonstrated to the West that the Syrian option with respect to Belarus will not work? ... "...
      Of course it was. And I hope it affected the hawks of the West ...

      I tried to imagine the landing of terrorists from the sea on the coast of Belarus. I thought for a long time.
  3. erased
    erased 2 October 2013 09: 05
    The task of the army is to resist the invasion of the enemy from outside, and these are enemy armies or mercenary formations. Border guards should fight groups of terrorists trying to cross the border, and those who are already in the country — internal troops.
    The army should prepare for larger and more organized invasions, when electronic warfare systems, aircraft, navy, high-precision weapons, unmanned reconnaissance and strike devices, ground forces consisting of 10-20 divisions (at least) will be widely used. Otherwise, airplanes and ships look weird against several groups of the conditional enemy.
    And in the Far East, it is at all necessary to work out the conduct of hostilities against a huge mass of troops and numerous fairly modern Chinese equipment.
    Otherwise, when the thunder breaks out, the generals will say "oops" together.
    1. arutun
      arutun 2 October 2013 10: 15
      Everything was written correctly, but while the army is ready to repel the aggression of a small country, or a large group of terrorists, they are only now beginning to understand but not yet that if an attack by China or Japan on the Far East occurs, they will not allow us to use nuclear weapons, and there are very few conventional weapons there, and it will be oh how hard it is to fight against the whole world in an information war and against these countries on earth, in the sky and at sea.
      The army is only learning to handle new technology (so far there are very few of them).
      I hope the situation will soon change for the better.
      1. erased
        erased 2 October 2013 10: 55
        Who will not allow the use of nuclear weapons?
    2. Russ69
      Russ69 2 October 2013 12: 58
      Quote: erased
      The task of the army is to resist the invasion of the enemy from outside, and these are enemy armies or mercenary formations. Border guards should fight groups of terrorists trying to cross the border, and those who are already in the country — internal troops.

      You can call the teachings as you want and against whom you want. The main thing that is being worked out ...
  4. Stiletto
    Stiletto 2 October 2013 09: 19
    The teachings are good - the legend is bad. What kind of fighters in FIG ?! Let the Ministry of Internal Affairs conduct exercises against militants. If the de facto exercises are aimed at working out the confrontation of the NATO gang, then why not call a spade a spade?
    1. arutun
      arutun 2 October 2013 10: 23
      Look at the same militants in Syria, how do you think when the same will come to us after Syria, only explosives should fight with them? Right, no. You think in terms of World War II when two armies met and fought using maneuver in a limited theater of operations.

      Now everything is different. The militants (foreign army) will be transferred to those settlements and areas of the territory that need to be captured, then they are gradually saturated with weapons, and on the day "H" or "X" (as you like) they go out, seize the administrative building, the weapons depots and occupy in advance prepared positions, then try to force them out by the "Police" and BB.
      Look already several times slips through messages like in the Urals and some mufti are being killed after him, extremists are found, etc. These are all soldiers of the invading army. They are still conducting a flexible seizure of territories and power.
      But until it comes the order to cut everyone out.
  5. Evgeniy667b
    Evgeniy667b 2 October 2013 09: 44
    Interestingly, in the event of real hostilities, they will also refer to the letter of contracts with Gazprom, Lukoil ...? And while they clarify whether the contract for the created reserves has been paid or not, so many "axes" will fall on our heads, Mama do not worry. We can only hope that in the event of a threatened period, the supply of fuel to individuals will be stopped, and in the event of hostilities, under wartime conditions ... But in general, another window dressing, a battalion-level show. Episodic inclusion of one polygon, another, a third ...
    1. Thunderbolt
      Thunderbolt 3 October 2013 02: 51
      One attack of the Su-34 with empty pylons is worth a lot (radio waves were mowing down "terrorists"))). But on the whole, I assess the event positively, although I expected more large-scale events. good
  6. nazgul-ishe
    nazgul-ishe 2 October 2013 09: 52
    Quote: Stiletto
    The teachings are good - the legend is bad. What kind of fighters in FIG ?! Let the Ministry of Internal Affairs conduct exercises against militants. If the de facto exercises are aimed at working out the confrontation of the NATO gang, then why not call a spade a spade?

    So we are afraid not of NATO but of the Caucasus.
  7. Doctorleg
    Doctorleg 2 October 2013 09: 53
    We played war game.
  8. krot00f
    krot00f 2 October 2013 10: 09
    Do not call the Conditional opponent. The exercises are completed, experience gained.)
  9. vladstro
    vladstro 2 October 2013 10: 19
    The main thing is that the Balts were ready to repel any attack of the Russian-Belarusian troops, even the reservists were connected lol
    1. bistrov.
      bistrov. 2 October 2013 22: 46
      Quote: vladstro
      well, the Baltic states were ready to repel any attack of the Russian-Belarusian troops,

      Is this, you kind of humor?
  10. George
    George 2 October 2013 10: 21
    Beautiful photos as the movie looked.
    Only now, "illegal armed groups" and "militants" are also annoying - what is this, a journalistic blotter left over from the first Chechen?
  11. Dmitry 2246
    Dmitry 2246 2 October 2013 10: 42
    Teaching literacy is constantly growing.
    Having worked out the interaction of all commercial and territorial structures, you can quickly increase the power of the blow ...
    And to eliminate the "NATO ledge" in the Baltics.
  12. IRBIS
    IRBIS 2 October 2013 10: 59
    Painfully, to every bump the familiar Khmelevka training ground! And, practically, everything is the same thing that happened and is happening at this test site twice a year - the landing of troops on an unfitted coast. Only now the legend of the teachings has been sucked from the finger.

    "it was necessary to study the issues of interdepartmental interaction in organizing the territorial defense of the most important objects of the energy complex.
    For many years - almost 25 years - the Defense Ministry did not interact with a number of federal structures in these matters. This state of affairs revealed in the course of this review the need to amend some planning documents. "

    Not true. The territorial defense plan was developed relatively recently, not 25 years ago, I personally took part in its development. He was repeatedly run in exercises with all structures. The desire to show the work and care of the new MO?
  13. Harlampy
    Harlampy 2 October 2013 12: 19
    Everything is beautiful, but not where necessary. With such a legend, yes, in the Caucasus! You see, a couple of hundred real action movies would be put down! And potential spirits would be thoughtful.
  14. 123dv
    123dv 2 October 2013 14: 27
    Boys ... smile
    Once we ran like this ...
    This is a good age when everything is rushing, happiness and good luck to them!
  15. scientist
    scientist 2 October 2013 14: 32
    It was also necessary to practice shooting at terrorists by Iskander OTRK, so that everything would be clear.
  16. Moore
    Moore 2 October 2013 14: 53
    If we leave aside the clownery with the "terrorists", the conclusion is the following: we were practicing the usual task of the BF, landing troops on an unequipped coast. Whether they have succeeded or not, let the experts say. In fact, in such exercises, interaction (coordination) and logistics are practiced. Well, there are also issues of support and mobilization. The rest is a tribute to theatricality.
  17. smiths xnumx
    smiths xnumx 2 October 2013 16: 13
    And so it was ...
  18. castle
    castle 2 October 2013 19: 06
    Good health to all. Gentlemen, recently a message flashed that the head of the Main Organizational and Mobilization Directorate of the General Staff (GOMU General Staff), General Vasily Smirnov, after the Zapad-2013 exercise, was ASKED. There is information (maybe this is DESA) that the recruits and reservists (were there "partisans" during the exercises?) Showed themselves from the worst side. Maybe in Russia they decided to cut GOMU General Staff and conscription and move to a professional army? German version?
  19. bublic82009
    bublic82009 2 October 2013 22: 14
    Recently, we have come up with such exercise scenarios that you can fall down from a chair right from the 16th floor.
    1. bistrov.
      bistrov. 2 October 2013 22: 58
      Quote: bublic82009
      Recently, we have come up with such exercise scenarios ...

      Literally before the attack of Garmania on the USSR, exercises were conducted approximately according to the same scenario as the events actually unfolded later. Zhukov "fought" for the attackers. So there was a breakthrough in the defense of the "Reds" and the enemy went into the depths of the country, do you think anyone has drawn any conclusions? Everything remained the same. The main forces of the advanced echelon troops were concentrated in Ukraine, no one even thought to strengthen the Belarusian and Baltic directions. Then, when the war broke out, the Germans came close to Moscow within a month, and even faster to Leningrad. The whole point is what conclusions are drawn and measures are taken based on the results of the exercises.
  20. gunnerminer
    gunnerminer 2 October 2013 22: 58
    Imagine a battalion of saboteurs of 600 people penetrating the territory of the enemy. I must say that he was timely discovered by the reconnaissance of the border troops. However, the border guards themselves, having shown decent resistance, still could not restrain him. After that, an erupted battalion was struck (quite, I note, successfully) by an entire link of old, but quite imagined, combat-ready attack aircraft. They were successfully bombarded with 250-kilogram bombs from a height of 200 meters in a motor caravan of saboteurs. But the erupted fighters turned out to be extremely tenacious - after all this, the convoy continued to move. Then a battery of self-propelled guns hit her. Successful again. But this did not stop the saboteurs. Then they were hit by a motorized rifle brigade, reinforced by special forces. You will laugh, but this did not destroy them. They broke into the village and took hostages. And only there they were finally liquidated by anti-terrorist units.
    All this resembles a bad American action movie of category B. And also the story of the famous actor described by Viktor Shenderovich. The artist who played the SS was supposed to be shot at the end of the first act. After which he calmly set off to perform the function of a toastmaster at the next feast. But once envious colleagues sent bullets at him, not near the wings, but in the middle of the stage. And he had to creep painfully, while the partisans playing at point blank range shot him in all conceivable parts of the body.
    In fact, such tenacious saboteurs are no more than part of the West-2013 plan of Russian-Belarusian maneuvers. At first glance, this plan, with militants who are killed ten times, looks like complete nonsense. But put yourself in the place of the people who made the plans for these war games. On the one hand, it is impossible to plan and conduct normal combined-arms maneuvers: the “blue” attack, the “red” defend themselves, and then go on the offensive and of course win. The Baltic states and Poland will immediately declare that Moscow, together with Minsk, is working out the invasion scenarios. On the other hand, it is necessary to give the opportunity to the Russian and Belarusian leaders to show off against the background of tanks and armored vehicles attacking, diving attack aircraft and helicopters delivering missile attacks. Therefore, we have to invent ridiculous scenarios in which against the 600 terrorists use all the power of the Russian and Belarusian armies, with the exception of perhaps nuclear weapons.
    But besides that, the “Interaction-2013” ​​exercises of the special forces of all the Collective Security Treaty Organization countries were also made up for the West 2013 maneuvers. Fighters from Kazakhstan are fighting extremists in Belarus - I leave the reader to appreciate the reality of this scenario.
    It seems that Minister of Defense Sergey Shoigu realized how artificial such events look like they are not having anyone to repel real threats. It is no coincidence that when meeting with reporters, he began to argue that “the actual development of various scenarios and episodes will be less and less spectacular every year due to the use of modern weapons and an increase in the range of hitting a target at sea and on land and, accordingly, a multiple increase in territory, where the exercises are held. ” In other words, Shoigu, under a plausible pretext, would like to limit the use of military maneuvers as a means of state PR.
  21. nnz226
    nnz226 3 October 2013 21: 48
    Showcases in the exercises to hell: 3,4,6 photo for what ... RTOs shoot (beautiful I do not argue) interference against anti-ship cruise missiles, since they are not observed by the militants? It’s clear with airplanes that it’s easy to get MANPADS in the world, what’s ours, what are imported, but what about missile defense systems ???? And why onet fighters that are going to capture the village or village?