The joint operational exercise “Shield of the Union-2011” was held from September 16 to 22, 2011 under the leadership of the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces - First Deputy Minister of Defense of the Republic of Belarus and the Commander of the Western Military District of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation. At the Ashuluk training ground (Astrakhan region), combined-arms formations and military units of the Ground Forces, anti-aircraft missile forces of the Air Force aviation Air Force groups of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus.
During the active phase of the training exercise “Union-2011 Shield”, issues of the complex use of aerospace defense forces and means and the ground component of the regional grouping of troops (forces) were pursued in order to solve the most important tasks of ensuring the military security of the Union State.
In accordance with the combat plan, the flight crews attacked ground targets with a free maneuver, and also provided air support for the landing of the airborne troops.
The airspace over the area of combat operations were used multi-functional fighter-bombers Su-34, Sukhoi Su-24M, long-range bombers Tu-22M3, fighter-interceptor MiG-31, and the modernized Su-27SM and MiG-29 from the Center of combat training and combat use. Army helicopters Ka-52 "Alligator", Mi-28H "Night Hunter", Mi-24, Mi-8 provided fire support for the areas of operations of the combined-arms units.
Radio engineering units provided control of the air situation, target tracking and target designation. The anti-aircraft missile units of the units of the Armed Forces of Russia and Belarus destroyed high-altitude and low-altitude targets in a difficult jamming environment with the C-400, C-300PS, C-300PM, C-300B, Pantsir-S, OCA-AK, Beech ".
For the period of the joint operational exercise "Union-2011 Shield" to create a target situation at the Ashuluk training ground, more than 40 target complexes such as Kaban, Pishchal, Armavir, Reis, E-95, Tribute were involved. "," Saman. "
The total number of troops participating in the exercise is about 12 thousand military personnel: from the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation - 7 thousand, from the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus - 5 thousand. About 200 units of various military equipment were involved in the exercise, including about 100 tanks. To carry out combat training missions, about 50 planes and helicopters of attack, fighter, army and military transport aviation were involved.
A photo report by Dmitry Pichugin and the magazine "Technique and Armament" especially for the site "SHIPPING" and the blog "Gur Khan attacks!".