Final preparations for West 2017 drills held in Belarus


Final preparations for West 2017 drills held in Belarus

The final stage of preparations for the strategic exercise Zapad 2017 (West 2017) was held in Belarus. This time signallers' readiness was checked.

The main task is to provide various types of troops with means of open and closed communication at headquarters and in the field. During the maneuvers, new and modernized information systems were used.

Oleg Belokonev, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces - First Deputy Minister of Defense of the Republic of Belarus:
We are now at the final stage, there is the active underway. We are testing conformity and the ability to work under common conditions. This is important because in this exercise this will be the basis for the management of the troops of the regional grouping of troops.

The strategic drills West 2017 will be held in September. It will be the completion of joint training of the Armed Forces of Belarus and Russia in 2017. 

At the forthcoming large-scale exercise the military of the two countries will work out in practice the mechanisms for joint counteraction to crime, for the sake of the security of the Belarus-Russia Union State.