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The cooperation of the states participating in the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) continues. One of the main directions of such cooperation is the development of the Collective Rapid Reaction Force (CRRF), which, if necessary, should solve a wide range of tasks and ensure the protection of the CSTO states. Not so long ago, another event aimed at increasing the efficiency of the CORF took place. In the near future are expected new important events.

Last Wednesday 17 February in Smolensk, a regular event aimed at improving the combat capability of the CSTO CSTO RRF took place. Specialists of the Organization countries arrived in Russia to participate in the International Scientific and Practical Conference on the Organization of Air Defense of the Collective Rapid Reaction Forces. More than 250 people from all CSTO countries were invited to the conference. In addition to the military, the event was attended by representatives of the defense industry, namely enterprises engaged in the creation and production of new air defense systems. Representatives of the CSTO member states discussed a number of important issues related to the joint implementation of air defense and the protection of their countries. Some conclusions were made and the main directions of further development of the air defense system of the CORF were determined.

According to the results of the conference, the head of the air defense forces of the Russian land forces, Lieutenant General Alexander Leonov, said that a number of factors were identified during the event that should and now have a great influence on the development of the theory and practice of the use of air defense in joint operations of the CSTO CSTO. The development of air defense is influenced by a constant increase in the value of air attack weapons, including small ones, and the widespread use of unmanned aviation technique, false goals, etc.


During the conference, the warlords drew some not entirely pleasant conclusions. Thus, approaches to the organization of the work of reconnaissance of air targets and anti-aircraft cover are not fully recognized as meeting the requirements of time. Thus, these elements of air defense need to be developed and updated in accordance with the requirements of the present time and the expected further development of the armed forces.

A. Leonov believes that the main efforts to improve the air defense system of the CSTO CSTO RRF should be focused on creating new efficient intelligence and information support and management systems. In addition, joint operational and combat training of air defense units participating in the Collective Rapid Reaction Forces should be improved. Such conclusions were reached by the participants of the conference on the results of the discussion of topical issues.

In addition to theoretical issues, the leadership of the CORF is engaged in practice. In the very near future, regular joint exercises of the Collective Forces units from several countries should be held. At the moment, preparations are underway for these events. The ground for the next joint exercises will be the Khatlon garrison polygons (Gorny Badakhshan, Tajikistan). The aim of the maneuvers is to work out the interaction of the power and civil structures of Tajikistan and the garrison of the 201 military base of the Russian armed forces.

According to available data, about 50 thousand servicemen and reservists from Tajikistan will take part in the new exercises. Armored vehicles, artillery and aircraft will be involved. The number and composition of the exercise participants on the Russian side have not yet been approved. This question is currently at the stage of coordination by the military departments of the two countries. Acting jointly, the units of the two countries will work to combat conditional terrorists in the foothills of the Eastern Pamirs. In addition, it is planned to mobilize reservists and work out some other issues of defense organization.

The press service of the Central Military District of the Armed Forces of Russia reports that one of the main tasks of the next exercises is the organization of a unified communications and control system, uniting the divisions of the two countries. The fulfillment of this task will make it possible to increase the efficiency of interaction between the two armies.

According to Krasnaya Zvezda, the Russian military personnel of the 201 base has already begun preparing for the exercises. Thus, the crews of transport and combat helicopters Mi-8MTV began reconnaissance of the areas in which the exercises will take place. The data collected during reconnaissance flights will be actively used in future maneuvers. In particular, it is reported about plans to land a parachute assault in some mountainous areas.

New joint Russian-Tajik exercises in the framework of the CORF should be held in early March. In the very near future, the armed forces of the two states will finish training and begin to solve combat-training tasks. It is noteworthy that this will not be the last training event in Central Asia. 18 April in the same place, in the Khatlon region of Tajikistan, should start new exercises in the framework of the CSTO CRRF. Representatives of all CSTO countries will take part in these maneuvers. More 800 servicemen from reconnaissance groups will receive new missions and will perform them in the mountains.

Cooperation within the framework of the Collective Security Treaty Organization led to the emergence of a Collective Rapid Reaction Force, which included several units from six states. It is assumed that in the event of a threat arising in one direction or another, the RRF units will advance to the specified area and accomplish the combat missions assigned. In order to increase the combat capability of the CORF, exercises, conferences and other events are regularly held.

During the exercises of recent years, the divisions of the CRRF have been able to learn how to work together effectively and how to complete the assigned tasks. However, until now, the Collective Forces have not got rid of some problems that may interfere with full-fledged training and combat work. For various reasons, the shortcomings have not yet been eliminated, and it is planned to get rid of them from the time of the organization of the CORF.

One of the most serious problems in this context is the still uncompleted unification of armaments and military equipment of the units engaged in the CORF. Being the largest and most developed country in the CSTO, Russia, unlike other countries of the Organization, has its own full-fledged defense industry, which allows it to modernize its armed forces. As a result, the Russian units have already received or are receiving the modern material part, while the foreign ones have to use outdated systems.

For example, the 31-I Guards Airborne Assault Brigade of the Russian Airborne Forces, part of the KSOR, was transferred to the new armored personnel carriers BTR-2014 as early as 82. At the same time, the Belarusian 103 mobile brigade still operates outdated BTR-70. Similarly, the situation is with other samples of the material part. Such a situation does not make joint work impossible, but can seriously complicate it. Due to objective reasons, a quick solution of this problem in all Collective Forces is not possible.

Also there are some problems of an organizational nature that can impede the full-fledged combat work of the RRF units at different stages of solving tasks. Apparently, the existing structure of communications and management needs to be improved, which will make it possible to make a truly powerful structure out of the Collective Rapid Reaction Forces, able to quickly and efficiently resolve existing issues.

The leadership of the CSTO and the countries participating in this organization understands the existing problems and tries to take appropriate measures. To improve the systems that need to be modernized, scientific and practical measures are being taken, and the methods of updating found are further tested during the exercise. All this allows to improve the RRF and increase their combat readiness. Conducting new scientific and educational activities should lead to relevant results and ensure the security of several states in the region.

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  1. avvg
    avvg 20 February 2016 06: 36
    In my opinion, the Collective Security Treaty Organization is a good thing, but the best we need is not the Collective Security Treaty Organization, but the Russian Armed Forces.
    1. Delink
      Delink 20 February 2016 06: 53
      The help of each member of the CSTO has a great contribution to collective security. It will be difficult for one Russian armed forces to cope with the external enemy of the EU and the USA.
      1. geek2101
        geek2101 20 February 2016 07: 42
        Yeah. Especially when this help is real and not purely declarative ... recourse
        1. Delink
          Delink 20 February 2016 07: 46
          It is more difficult to restore the former power, which was destroyed for a quarter of a century, so any help will come in handy, even if on paper for now, while on paper.
          But you forgot to write that countries have weapons and armies. so no need to write that declaratively. This is an erroneous statement.
          You still will not be notified, you can only guess.
          1. Megatron
            Megatron 20 February 2016 12: 30
            For me, this is all the Collective Security Treaty Organization - profanation and the extraction of our own money to support the weak budgets of the Asian republics. They will not want to give us any real help, and even more so in the global conflict, and they will not be able to.
      2. Valiich
        Valiich 20 February 2016 19: 52
        I agree with you! The Collective Security Treaty Organization is a big plus in the general confrontation that the former USSR did not achieve yet, but experience has shown that if there is no air defense, then the reason for attacking the West without punishment, as was the case in the Balkans, should not go to the grandmother. And the spirit’s ground operation not enough !! God forbid this.
  2. Thunderbolt
    Thunderbolt 20 February 2016 06: 42
    Thank you for the detailed report on the activities of our military alliance. It is clear that the technical backlog of the Allied armies is clear and the problem can not be eliminated quickly. But as efforts are being made, work is being done in this direction. The work on the interaction of the armies of our countries becomes more important. language --- an instrument of interethnic communication. Young officers of the CSTO member countries should study Russian in schools and colleges. And working with soldiers they must transfer this knowledge to soldiers.
  3. starschina
    starschina 20 February 2016 07: 38
    the teachings are good, but will the Kazakhs, the Uzbeks go to fight for us, will they still think ???
    1. The comment was deleted.
    2. starper
      starper 21 February 2016 06: 30
      Why for us? They that the bearded power is better than the one that they now have?
  4. narval20
    narval20 20 February 2016 08: 04
    One of the CSTO's MAJOR virtues is UNITY and union in the UNION. soldier
    1. Lelek
      Lelek 20 February 2016 09: 18
      Quote: narval20
      One of the CSTO's MAJOR virtues is UNITY and union in the UNION.

      Unity to unity - strife. Heap-small is also unity and the parade to the orchestra is also unity. Combat unity is something else, here the main unity of purpose and aspirations. When back to back and shoulder to shoulder; when you know that your partner will die, but will not run away, will not betray; that your partner is a craftsman no worse than you, and maybe even better - this is the unity that the CSTO needs, and I (IMHO) do not observe this for today (everything is more "you figure it out there, but I have other worries - I'll wait "). stop
  5. Papapg
    Papapg 20 February 2016 08: 56
    Still, the tactics would have worked, there should only be boilers and ticks, until the participants in the attack are completely destroyed, so that not one escapes from the ticks, so that others are not in the habit!
  6. vladimirvn
    vladimirvn 20 February 2016 09: 14
    The Indians did not pay attention to the flow of refugees from Europe ...
    Now they live on reservations.
    1. Villon
      Villon 21 February 2016 09: 33
      Quote: vladimirvn
      vladimirvn Yesterday, 09:14
      The Indians did not pay attention to the flow of refugees from Europe ...
      Now they live on reservations.

      They probably wanted to be tolerant.
  7. triglav
    triglav 20 February 2016 09: 36
    The Indians did not pay attention to the flow of refugees from Europe ...
    Now they live on reservations.
  8. Pvi1206
    Pvi1206 20 February 2016 11: 14
    It is clear that the main force (military in the first place) in international organizations in the post-Soviet space is Russia. The goal of other countries (from our point of view) is not to become enemies of our country. The United States will quickly organize this if any of them "go free". And some countries use this in their own selfish interests. It is not cheap for Russia. But this is less evil than having such a country as Ukraine on the border as an enemy.
  9. ars_pro
    ars_pro 20 February 2016 12: 53
    I believe that the CSTO’s activity is necessary, because all the talk about the collapse of the EU or NATO is just talk, and therefore hopes that it will fall apart and do nothing, it’s not worth relying, but in general, let’s say the CSTO’s position on Ukraine is not clear to me,
    1. Thunderbolt
      Thunderbolt 20 February 2016 19: 13
      Quote: ars_pro
      but in general, let’s say the CSTO’s position in Ukraine is not clear,
      Arseniy, CSTO Secretary General back in 2014 made a statement on Ukraine. Here is an excerpt from there:
      “The attempts to connect any military-political international alliances and organizations to resolve the conflict domestic political situation in Ukraine are counterproductive, and are provocative in their consequences”
      By a military-political international alliance, he means NATO. This statement itself was in response to Fogh Rasmussen's call to "give an international response to Russia's actions" (Crimea). The organization acts in the spirit of its main stated goal: Collectively defending the independence, territorial integrity and sovereignty of Member Stateswhich Member States give priority to political means.
      The CSTO’s attitude towards the Ukrainian events coincides with the attitude of our Foreign Ministry and the President.
      BUT"You asked a good question. Do you want to know about the CSTO’s attitude to the situation in Syria? I’ll quote this statement recently, on February 16. And pay attention to my proposal! Other notes already sound when a military bloc openly declares a threat to its security, this is very serious. I bring it completely. So:
      The CSTO Secretariat is extremely concerned about the aggravation of the situation in Syria. “Massive shelling by Turkey of Syrian territory, statements by Ankara and Riyadh about their intentions to launch ground operations in Syria are fraught with the transition of the Syrian crisis to a qualitatively new, very dangerous level: a direct military clash between the states of the region. The consequences of such a development are difficult to predict, ”said Nikolai Bordyuzha.
      “Obviously, under these conditions, the solution of the main task — the fight against international terrorism and the promotion of a peaceful intra-Syrian settlement, is pushed into the background. Thus, the relevant UN Security Council resolutions are openly violated, the efforts of the International Syria Support Group are undermined. Further fomenting a hotbed of war in Syria in the immediate vicinity of the area of ​​responsibility of the Collective Security Treaty Organization is a threat to the security of the Organization’s member states- said the CSTO Secretary General.
  10. Igor V
    Igor V 20 February 2016 20: 54
    I was impressed by the venue of the exercises - Eastern Pamir. The average altitude is 4 thousand meters, the climate is arctic. In Soviet times, sending troops there, acclimatization was carried out. And no matter the physical condition of a person, it was the most healthy person who suffered from hypoxia.
    1. Thunderbolt
      Thunderbolt 20 February 2016 21: 15
      There are such medicines --- called antihypoxants. They increase resistance to a lack of oxygen. But I do not know if our army uses them in mountain warfare. Medical companies and mountain riflemen (individually) must have such pills and injections. With the miner "jokes are bad.
  11. nstarinsky
    nstarinsky 20 February 2016 21: 04
    Here I look at this yellow-blue emblem, and something I do not like about it.