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16.12.2017

New radioelectronic warfare stations appear in Belarusian army
New radioelectronic warfare stations appear in Belarusian army The first series samples of special radioelectronic warfare equipment have entered operational service of the Belarusian army. Only Belarusian components have been used to manufacture this equipment and Belarusian specialists developed the software. The technical characteristics and parameters meet the foreign analogues. It took five years from the beginning of the project to manufacture the equipment.

08.12.2017

Belarus in favor of new regime for conventional arms control
Belarus in favor of new regime for conventional arms control The OSCE should be used to the fullest extent to reduce the risks of military confrontation in Europe, said the Belarusian foreign minister. Vladimir Makei spoke at the plenary session of the OSCE Council of Foreign Ministers in Vienna. This is the largest annual event of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. The politician stressed that Belarus is in favor of developing a new regime to control conventional arms. Vladimir Makei also raised the topic of the negotiation process on the conflict in Ukraine.

01.12.2017

Belarus President hopes for new impetus to CSTO development
Belarus President hopes for new impetus to CSTO development An open and principled conversation between the closest states in this world - this is how Alexander Lukashenko described the CSTO summit held in Minsk on November 30. The leaders of six states: Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan met in the Belarus capital.  Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:I am convinced that the current session will give a new impetus to the development of the CSTO, will demonstrate a positive dynamics in resolving the issues of ensuring general security.

30.11.2017

Belarus closes White Legion case
Belarus closes White Legion case November 30, the chairman of the Belarus Investigative Committee, Ivan Noskevich, said that the preliminary investigation into the White Legion case has been completed.

21.11.2017

Belarus may cancel conscription for families with only child
Only child should not be conscripted, Belarus President says The death of private Alexander Korzhich as a result of hazing in the Pechi military unit caused lots of discussions in the media and among ordinary Belarusians. The Belarus head of state is personally reported on the progress of the investigation, from three separate sources. The commander-in-chief himself was once an ordinary soldier. The only son of the motherm he defended the Belarusian border. Now the President wants to protect mothers who lost their children in the army.

01.11.2017

5 more charged with death of soldier Korzhich
5 more charged with death of soldier Korzhich Another five people, among whom is one officer, are in a status of suspects in the criminal case of Alexander Korzhich’s death. This was stated by Yulia Goncharova, the official representative of the Investigative Committee, on her Facebook page. “As on November 11, 2017, 10 military men have been charged with death of Alexander Korzhich, another five (among whom is one officer) are in a status of suspects. The four suspects were not detained before; therefore, they were not mentioned”.

31.10.2017

10 accused after soldier's death in Belarusian army
10 charged after soldier's death in Belarusian army Last week, the chairman of the Belarus Investigation Committee, Ivan Noskevich, reported that no injuries were found on the body of the soldier who was killed in the Pechi military unit, except for the furrow from the loop. Today, new details of the case have appeared. Charges were brought against 10 servicemen. The 11th is a suspect.

27.10.2017

Belarusian army tests modernized Polonez missile system
Belarusian army tests modernized Polonez missile system Successful tests of the advanced version of the salvo fire system Polonez were made in the Homel region. Polonez was created by Belarusian developers. Now the system can hit targets at a distance of up to 300 km. The minimum deviation from the target was 10-15 meters. Each combat vehicle of the complex is capable of simultaneously striking eight targets. It was noted that the missile flight route was calculated in advance, it passed over the uninhabited regions of the republic and was constantly adjusted.

26.10.2017

Belarus to get another Tor-M2 defense system from Russia
Belarus to get another Tor-M2 defense system from Russia The Belarusian army is strengthening its defensive capacity. A new battery of the Tor-M2 surface-to-air system will be delivered to Belarus. New armament will come under the agreement with Russia on the development of military-technical cooperation. Tor-M2 is capable of hitting enemy aircraft, guided missiles and other elements of precision weapons. The key features of the complex are high maneuverability, sniper accuracy and the ability to fire on the move.

25.10.2017

Interior Affairs Minister comments on acts of violence in army
Interior Affairs Minister comments on acts of violence in army The order in the army depends not only on the senior officers, but on the junior officers as well. This statement was made by the Minister of Interior Affairs of Belarus on October 25. Whilst answering the journalists’ questions, Igor Shunevich commented on the acts of violence in the army.
Belarus to reinvestigate crimes in Armed Forces over last six years
Belarus to reinvestigate crimes in Armed Forces over last six years Belarus will deeply investigate crimes in its Armed Forces that occurred over last six years and which investigation did not bring any result. These are cases of death and bodily harm. It is possible that some cases will be resumed, and refusals to initiate criminal cases will be canceled.
Investigative Committee reveals preliminary cause of death of private Korzhych
Investigative Committee reveals preliminary cause of death of private Korzhych There were no bodily injuries, other than the characteristic strangulation band on the body of the deceased private Korzhych, who died in September in a military unit near Borisov. Chairman of the Investigative Committee of Belarus Ivan Noskevich told journalists about the first results of investigative examinations. As part of the investigation, 13 criminal cases have been initiated, which are united into one.

23.10.2017

Modernized communication equipment enters service with Belarusian Army
Modernized communication equipment enters service with Belarusian Army More than 600 new modernized samples of communication equipment entered operational service with the Belarusian Army in2017. The possibilities of signalists were demonstrated to journalists in brigade No. 86 in Kolodishchi. Among the presented equipment are modernized by Belarusian specialists complexes of the enemies’ communication suppression, of reconnaissance, unique developments of the Belarusian military industry –“Tsitrus” and “Muskat”.

19.10.2017

Soldiers' mothers to conduct own investigation after conscript's death in Belarusian army
Soldiers' mothers to conduct own investigation after conscript's death in Belarusian army Members of the Committee of Soldiers' Mothers promise to hold their own investigation at the military unit where private Alexander Korzhich died. The position of the Ministry of Defense on this case remains unchanged - the inevitability of punishment, defense minister Andrei Ravkov said. SEE: Belarus' defense minister appologizes for death of private Alexander Korzhich

18.10.2017

Belarus' Defense Ministry says no violations in majority of military units
Defense Ministry says no violations in majority of Belarus' military units There are no violations at the majority of military units in Belarus, said Defense Minister Andrei Ravkov at a traditional meeting with the editors-in-chief of the media. The minister appologized to the parents of the private Alexander Korzhich, who was found dead after apparent hazing in one of the military units near Borisov.
Belarus Defense Minister comments on death of Alexander Korzhich
Belarus Defense Minister comments on soldier's death after hazing There must be no deaths in peacetime, especially among conscripts. The Minister of Defense expressed his condolences to Alexander Korzhich's family and made a statement about the tragedy at the 72nd joint training center. The body of 21-year-old Alexander Korzhich, who was on military service, was discovered on October 3 in the basement of the medical unit.

17.10.2017

Death case of private soldier Alexander Korzhich: troop commander and deputy arrested
Death case of private soldier Alexander Korzhich: troop commander and deputy arrested As many as eight criminal cases have been opened for death of private soldier Alexander Korzhich. Among the suspects are seven sergeants and a warrant officer.

16.10.2017

Belarusian soldier found dead in Pechi military unit. Investigation underway
Belarusian soldier found dead in Pechi military unit. Investigation underway Now let's talk about a resonant event of this week. The facts connected with the death of private soldier Alexander Korzhich in the military unit near the Pechi village must be studied to the smallest detail. None of the perpetrators will evade responsibility - this is the stiff position of President Lukashenko.

03.10.2017

CSTO Combat Brotherhood drills to begin on October 3
CSTO Combat Brotherhood drills to begin on October 3 The operational-strategic exercise of the CSTO Combat Brotherhood will begin on October 3.  12,000 troops from all six CSTO member states, including Belarus, will take part in it. Maneuvers will take place in Russia, Armenia and Kazakhstan. The exercises aim to work out a joint operation to localize an armed conflict in the Caucasus region.

29.09.2017

Russian troops leaving Belarus after West 2017 drills
Russian troops leaving Belarus after West 2017 drills After the active phase of the "West-2017" exercise, units of the combined grouping of troops continue to return to the places of permanent deployment. This applies to the Russian contingent too. At night from September 28 to September 29, the last train with military and special equipment will leave. Thus, as it was stated earlier, the troops will return to their permanent deployment locations by September 30.

27.09.2017

CSTO exercise Combat Brotherhood 2017 to begin October 3
CSTO exercise Combat Brotherhood 2017 to begin October 3 The operational-strategic exercise of the CSTO "Combat Brotherhood-2017" will be held from 3 to 20 October. The CSTO countries intend to work out the strategy of the joint operation to localize an armed conflict. Organizers note that the maneuvers will be held in the Caucasus and Central Asian regions of collective security, as the Belarusian-Russian exercise "West-2017" was recently held in the Eastern European zone of CSTO responsibility. The upcoming maneuvers will involve 12,000 troops.

25.09.2017

West 2017 drills through the eyes of Belarus President and foreign observers
West 2017 drills through the eyes of Belarus President and foreign observers The military exercise "West-2017" was completed. Alexander Lukashenko, as President of the country and as Supreme Commander-in-Chief, assessed them as perfect. Cautious neighbors watching the movement of Russian troops should also be content since soldiers, tanks and planes are leaving Belarus and returning to places of permanent deployment. Yevgeny Pustovoy reports.

24.09.2017

Belarusian, Russian military equipment returning to permanent deployments
Belarusian, Russian military equipment returning to permanent deployments After the strategic West 2017 drills, personnel, military and specialized equipment of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus are continuing to return to their permanent dislocation points. Brest troopers are returning home on September 24. The air-assault brigade No. 38 drilled military tasks at the range Losvido, which is near Vitebsk. More than 200 military men and dozens of combat vehicles. Loading of equipment on to the echelon is the final stage.

23.09.2017

Russia withdrawing troops from Belarus after West 2017 military drills
Russia withdrawing troops from Belarus after West 2017 military drills After the end of the West 2017 active stage, Russia’s military units and departments continue returning to the places of their permanent deployment . Echelons with military men and special arms, primarily with Russian soldiers and arms, including military personnel, are returning home every day. As it was stated before, the troops will return to their permanent military camps before September 30.  

22.09.2017

Russian troops say achieved goals, will leave Belarus after West 2017 drills
Russian troops say achieved goals, will leave Belarus after West 2017 drills The territorial integrity of the Belarus-Russia Union State has been restored. As a result of the simulation of a combat episode, the troops of Belarus and Russia jointly fulfilled the task. The active phase of the "West-2017" exercise is completed.

21.09.2017

Belarus President awards best soldiers after West-2017 drills
Belarus President awards best officers after West 2017 drills The President of Belarus appreciated the results of the strategic exercise West-2017 (Zapad 2017). The check of the military coherence and power of the Belarus-Russia Union State ended on September 20 at the Borisov training ground. By tradition, the joint teaching takes place every two years, with Belarus and Russia hosting them alternately. In 2017, Belarus was the main theater of action. After the maneuvers, distinguished soldiers and officers received well-deserved awards from the Commander-in-Chief.
Russian troops to leave Belarus by September 30 after West 2017 drills
Russian troops to leave Belarus by September 30 after West 2017 drills The territorial integrity of the Belarus-Russia Union State has been restored. As a result of the simulation of a combat episode, the troops of Belarus and Russia together fulfilled the task of liberating parts of the Union State from terrorists. The active phase of the "West-2017" exercise is completed.
President Lukashenko: "Belarus won't fight against anyone if not touched"
President Lukashenko: Belarus won't fight against anyone if not touched After the West 2017 drills journalists asked Alexander Lukashenko, why the heads of state watched the exercises at different sites. Vladimir Putin did not come to Belarus and decided to inspect the West 2017 exercises on the territory of Russia. He had visited a training ground in the Leningrad region. The President started the answer with a joke.

20.09.2017

President Lukashenko: We are not going to attack anyone
President Lukashenko: We are not going to attack anyone The journalists were interested why the heads of two states observed the military drills from different platforms. Vladimir Putin inspected the drills on the territory of Russia. He visited the range in the Leningrad region.
Alexander Lukashenko sets tasks for military industry in Belarus
Alexander Lukashenko sets tasks for military industry in Belarus Belarus will continue deep modernization of armament, but at the same time new samples of machinery will be developed. On September 20, Alexander Lukashenko spoke about the tasks for the defense industry complex, when talking to the journalists at the end of the West 2017 military drills.
Alexander Lukashenko estimates results of West 2017 military drills
Alexander Lukashenko estimates results of West 2017 military drills The drills have been conducted at a high level. The President and the Commander in Chief of the Republic of Belarus has estimated the results of the strategic military drills “West 2017”. The inspection of military compliance and the power of arms of the Union State Army finished on September 20 at the Borisovsky range. Traditionally, the military exercises are held once every two years in each of the countries in turns. As many as six ranges and two locations were the on the territory of Belarus were the main places of the West 2017 military exercises.
Belarus will be first to defend interests of Belarus-Russia Union State in case of conflict in western borders, Belarus President says
Belarus will be first to defend Belarus-Russia Union State in case of conflict at western borders, Belarus President says Joint military activities of Belarus and Russia serve exclusively to protect national interests, stated President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko during the review of troops of Belarus and Russia participating in the West-2017 exercise. Today, September 20, the Commander-in-Chief of Belarus observed one of the main episodes of a large-scale military training at Combined-Arms Range Borisovsky No. 227.
Repelling air strikes practiced September 19 at Domanovsky training ground
Repelling air strikes practiced September 19 at Domanovsky training ground Interaction in the defense and counter-attack was worked out by Belarusian and Russian military at the Osipovichi training range. The joint strategic exercise "West-2017" continues. September 19, the troops of the Belarus-Russia Union State had to work out another of the most important tactical episodes - repelling enemy air strikes. For this purpose, S-300 and Osa anti-aircraft missile systems (the best examples of anti-aircraft equipment) were used at the Domanovsky site.
Alexander Lukashenko, Sergei Shoigu to observe West 2017 exercise in Borisov September 20
Alexander Lukashenko, Sergei Shoigu to observe West 2017 exercise in Borisov September 20 The active phase of the exercise West-2017 is already at the finish line. It is planned that the President of Belarus will observe the maneuvers on September 20. Alexander Lukashenko will visit the combined-arms training ground in Borisov.

19.09.2017

Belarusian, Russian soldiers drill defense and counterattack cooperation at West 2017 military exercises
Belarusian, Russian soldiers drill defense and counterattack cooperation at West 2017 military exercises The joint strategic military drills West 2017 are continuing. The Union State army is to drill another important tactic episode on 19 September-to repel the attacks of the enemy’s aviation. Anti-missile systems S-300 and Osa have been set up at the Domanovsky range. The systems are to hit the targets, which imitate cruise missiles and helicopters of fire support. Aviation machinery will not allow the enemy to capture the air.
What international observers say about Zapad 2017 drills
What international observers say about Zapad 2017 drills The drills West 2017 (Zapad 2017) are coming to an end and international observers share their opinions about what they saw. In recent days, simulated military operations have been unfolding on the ground and in the air. Almost 13 thousand servicemen are taking part in the large-scale military drills. 270 foreign journalists daily send their reports to colleagues for publication.
Belarus President to watch West-2017 drills at training ground near Borisov
Belarus President to watch West 2017 drills at training ground near Borisov It became known on September 18 that the President of Belarus will take part in the joint exercise of the Armed Forces of Belarus and Russia. It is expected that the head of state will observe one of the main episodes of the military drills on Wednesday at the training ground near Borisov. Besides the Belarus President, representatives of the high command of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, foreign observers and diplomats are expected to visit the training ground.

18.09.2017

President Lukashenko to observe West 2017 military drills near Borisov September 20
President Lukashenko to observe West 2017 military drills near Borisov September 20 Today it became known that the President of Belarus will be taking part in the Belarusian-Russian joint military drills West 2017. It is expected that Alexander Lukashenko will be observing one of the main episodes of the military exercises at a range near Borisov on Wednesday.
First results of West 2017 military drills
First results of West 2017 military drills Belarusian and Russian soldiers have reached a high level of cooperation during West 2017 military drills. This statement was made by the General Staff of the Armed Forces on September 18, 2017. The military drills have reached the highest point of practical activity. Defensive battles are carried out on six military ranges in Belarus. Meanwhile, at the range near Mins-its location is kept secret-united commanding of the regional force grouping is perfecting methods of armed forces control.
West 2017 military drills enter final straight
West 2017 military drills enter final straight The military exercises West 2017 are entering the final straight. On September 18, 2017 the armies of Belarus and Russia are continuing to drill joint defense of important state objects. What is more, the most intensive military exercises are expected on the day at the Osipovichi range. The indicated enemy will dispatch its troops. However, the Union State Army has prepared a fight back.
Observers: West 2017 doesn't smell aggression
Observers: West 2017 doesn't smell aggression September 17 marked a new phase of the West-2017 exercise. The military drills entered the active phase. This is the time when it becomes clear how effectively the army works as a fighting mechanism, how quickly the signal from headquarters reaches all units.
Belarusian MP about West 2017: We already have soldier of the future
Belarusian MP about West 2017: We already have soldier of the future The TV program "Week" talked with MP Sergei Bobrikov, who for several years headed the Military Academy, about the Belarusian military training West 2017 and the stir it caused. There is such a phrase: "If you want peace, prepare for war." Is it relevant today? Sergei Bobrikov, deputy of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus: The defense capability of the state is always assessed looking at its armed forces. So you have to keep the powder dry.
What military exercises does NATO conduct around Belarus and Russia?
What military exercises does NATO conduct around Belarus and Russia? The military exercises West-2017 are almost the main theme in the world media, and sometimes they are too exaggerated (especially in countries that are Belarus' neighbors). Ukraine is warning about a threat of invasion of its territory. Experts and officials of the Western community scare the public with the "Trojan horse" through which Russia will move troops to Belarus for ever and ever.
Belarus-Russia West 2017 drills begin: Picture of the World's review of first days
Belarus-Russia West 2017 drills begin: Picture of the World's review of first days Another incident on Friday morning in the London Underground. A bucket exploded and people got burned. The police are investigating this deeming this is a terrorist attack.
Active phase of West-2017 exercise held at Ruzhansky training ground
Active phase of West-2017 exercise held at Ruzhansky training ground The active phase of the exercise "West-2017" started at the training site Ruzhansky. The military of Belarus and Russia worked out joint actions by aviation and a unified regional air defense system to destroy a simulated enemy. Together they fight against violators of the air border, destroy air defense weapons of the simulated enemy using helicopters and also inflict a powerful air strike on the "enemy's" positions.
Belarusian air forces practice prevention of airspace violation during West 2017
Belarusian air forces practice prevention of airspace violation during West 2017 Counteraction to subversive groups and illegal military formations is still the main task of West 2017 drills. Servicemen perform these tasks at nine ranges in the air, on land and at sea. For instance, the situation of suppressing the violation of the state border in the airspace was worked out on the Domanovsky training ground on September 15. Anti-aircraft missile units were involved. They marched into the new positioning area.

17.09.2017

International observers arrive in Belarus for West 2017 military drills
International observers arrive in Belarus for West 2017 military drills The invited international observers to the West 2017 military drills have arrive in Belarus.

15.09.2017

Alexander Lukashenko to take part in active phase of West 2017 drills
Alexander Lukashenko to take part in active phase of West 2017 drills Today it became known that Alexander Lukashenko will take part in the active phase of the joint Belarusian-Russian strategic exercise "West-2017". The President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces will get familiar with the drills on the territory of Belarus.
The Penthagon: Belarus, Russia took steps towards transparency of West 2017 drills
The Penthagon: Belarus, Russia took steps towards transparency of West 2017 drills Today, the Pentagon's position on the West 2017 maneuvers taking place in Belarus became known. The defense spokesperson of the US military department, Michelle Baldanza said Belarus and Russia had taken measures to ensure transparency in connection with the West-2017 exercise.  In particular, she added, Belarus notified about the exercises under the Vienna agreements. She also said Belarus held the necessary briefings at international forums.
West 2017 drills: day one
West 2017 drills: day one On September 14, the joint Belarusian-Russian strategic exercise "West-2017" began officially. In the course of maneuvers, the troops have to protect the interests of the Belarus-Russia Union State.

14.09.2017

Russian tanks arriving in Belarus for West-2017 exercise
Russian tanks arriving in Belarus for West-2017 exercise Tank units of the Russian army are being transferred to Belarus from the Moscow region. The machinery will arrive within 24 hours. According to the scenario of the West 2017 military exercise, the troops were raised after receiving information on an illegal armed formation on the territory of the Belarus-Russia Union State. The joint military training of the armed forces of Belarus and Russia officially began on September 14.
Oleg Voinov, Head of the Department of International Military Cooperation - Assistant to the Minister of Defense for International Military Cooperation
Military strategic drills West-2017 begin in Belarus Within a few hours, the first tactical exercises at the training ground near Borisov will start as part of the large-scale military training. Servicemen of Belarus and Russia take part in the maneuvers - more than 10,000 people in total. The main goal of the exercise of the Belarus-Russia Union State is to work out joint defensive actions, as well as fight against terrorism. Aviation, equipment and personnel have been recently preparing for clashes with the simulated enemy at various training grounds.

13.09.2017

Russian helicopters arrive in Belarus for West 2017 drills
Russian helicopters arrive in Belarus for West 2017 drills The first helicopters of the Russian contingent landed at the Machulishchi aerodrome near Minsk. Belarus will host the strategic exercise West 2017 from September 14 to September 20. The combat readiness of the Armed Forces of Belarus and Russia on such a scale is checked every two years. Last time maneuvers were conducted at the firing ranges of the Russian Federation. The majority of activities related to the current exercise is held in Belarus.

12.09.2017

Belarusian artillery completes preparation for West-2017 drills
Belarusian artillery completes preparation for West-2017 drills Belarusian artillery is completing preparations for the West-2017 training. Today three brigades practiced combat missions at the site of deployment. At the Osipovichi training ground, the military set a real camp with kitchen, bathrooms and fire positions. It is noteworthy that reserve soldiers participated in the training along with the officers and soldiers of the regular service. The fighters of reactive brigade No336 have just had lunch. Their menu today included pea soup, rice and tea with white bread.

11.09.2017

Media briefing on West-2017 military drills held in Minsk
Media briefing on West-2017 military drills held in Minsk Dozens of international experts will be observing the Belarusian-Russian military drills Zapad-2017. They are representatives of the UN, the OSCE, the CSTO, and the Red Cross. Observers from Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine, Estonia, Sweden and Norway have also been accredited. Considering the major interest to the upcoming military drills, a media briefing was held in Minsk on September 11, 2017, where answers to the questions diplomats are interested in were given.
What firing ranges in Belarus will host West-2017 exercises?
What firing ranges in Belarus will media attend during West-2017 drills? Ruzhany, Osipovichi and Domanovo - these three firing ranges will host the press during the active phase of the exercise of the armed forces of Belarus and Russia West-2017. On Sept. 17 at the Ruzhansky range, an air strike with the use of aircraft means of destruction will be worked out. Under Osipovichi, a re-enactment to hold defensive lines will take place on the next day. The Domanovo training range will host the training of air defense units.
Minskers celebrate Tankman Day
Belarusians celebrate Tankman Day A large-scale event dedicated to Tankmen Day was held in Minsk on September 10. 200 hectares in the Victory Park in the Belarus capital Minsk were equipped for thematic zones, playgrounds, sports, children's playgrounds. Everyone had an opportunity to become a true gunner or crew commander. Participating in the event was the Minsk mayor. Andrei Shorets arrived on the holiday on an armored vehicle.

08.09.2017

Belarus plans to purchase four Yak-130
Belarus plans to purchase four Yak-130 The drills of a joint air defense system have finished at the training ground Ashuluk. The Military Commonwealth 2017 drills gathered the military of Belarus, Russia, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan.
NATO to observe Belarus-Russia West 2017 drills
NATO to observe Belarus-Russia West 2017 drills Representatives of NATO will monitor the Belarusian-Russian exercise "West-2017". They, together with about 80 other observers, including the UN and the OSCE, will visit the training grounds where maneuvers will be held from September 14 to September 20. The Belarusian and Russian military will first of all work out the fight against terrorists and the protection of important facilities. Meanwhile, the hype surrounding the upcoming drills in Western media is gradually subsiding, including thanks to the statement of the NATO Secretary General.

07.09.2017

Estonian Ambassador to Belarus says West 2017 drills pose no danger
Estonian Ambassador to Belarus says West 2017 drills pose no danger Estonia believes that the West 2017 exercise does not threaten NATO countries in any way. This opinion was voiced today by the Estonian ambassador to Belarus during a conference on the future of the Eastern Partnership. Estonia, as the current EU President, organized the forum together with Minsk Dialogue initiative. Diplomats, scholars and experts from Russia, Europe and the USA gathered to assess the geopolitical situation in the region.
NATO to monitor West 2017 drills at invitation of Belarus and Russia
NATO to monitor West 2017 drills at invitation of Belarus and Russia Three NATO representatives will monitor the Belarusian-Russian drills West 2017. They are invited as international observers for maneuvers, which will begin exactly in a week. The head of the alliance, Jens Stoltenberg, said the day before that the exercises did not directly threaten any of the NATO countries and informed that they had received an invitation from Belarus and Russia and experts from the North Atlantic Alliance were sent to monitor the drills.
Belarus taking part in Combat Commonwealth 2017 drills in Russia
Belarus taking part in Combat Commonwealth 2017 drills in Russia The military drills Combat Commonwealth 2017 have begun at the Ashuluk training ground in the Astrakhan region, Russia. The exercises involve air defense troops of the CIS countries. Now the drills are entering the active phase. The coalition association includes more than two thousand servicemen and two hundred units of equipment. This includes anti-aircraft missile systems, fighters and assault helicopters. The allied troops have to launch over 50 guided missiles and use about 100 aircraft bombs and ammunition.

05.09.2017

Belarus President meets with security officials ahead of West 2017 drills with Russia
Belarus President meets with security officials ahead of West 2017 drills with Russia The invited foreign observers can personally see the peaceful tasks of the Belarusian-Russian exercises West 2017, said Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with the security officials of Belarus on September 5. The military drills will be held from 14 to 20 September. Participating in it will be almost 13,000 troops and 900 pieces of equipment.

29.08.2017

Belarus’ Defense Ministry assures defensive character of Zapad 2017 military drills
Belarus’ Defense Ministry says West 2017 drills defensive in nature The military drills Zapad 2017 are aimed at perfecting joint antiterrorist actions. This was stated by two defense establishments - Belarus is carrying out the military drills together with Russia. The total number of soldiers involved is nearly 13 thousand people. Specialists were choosing those ranges, which are located at a certain distance from the state border, in order to once again emphasize the character of the Zapad 2017 military drills.

21.08.2017

New machinery increases the combat capability of Belarus' army
Karev: New machinery increases the combat capability of Belarus' army New aircraft increases the combat capability of the country's army, said Deputy Commander of the Air Force and Air Defense of Belarus. The republic has received Yak-130 and Mi-8MTV-5. These are the latest models of training and combat vehicles. Pilots have already been trained to use them. All in all, the Belarusian army has more than 100 aircraft.

15.08.2017

Multiple rocket launcher system Polonez in world top 3
Multiple rocket launcher system Polonez in world top 3 The Belarusian multiple rocket launcher system Polonez made it to the top three in the world. The first positions are taken by Chinese developments. Armaments of Israel, Russia, the USA and Turkey made it to the top 10. The rating was made by the “Armies of the world” internet video channel. The multiple rocket launcher system Polonez can strike different targets with high accuracy at a distance from 50 to 300 kilometers.
Russian military arriving in Belarus August 15 for final stage of West-2017 exercise
Russian military arriving in Belarus August 15 for final stage of West-2017 exercise Preparation for the Belarusian-Russian drills West 2017 is at the final stage. The military of the neighboring state are arriving in Belarus on August 15 to conduct joint strategic maneuvers.

11.08.2017

Belarusians take 2nd place in Field Kitchen contest at International Army Games
Belarusians take 2nd place in Field Kitchen contest at International Army Games The Belarusian military once again confirm the high professionalism at the International Army Games. This time Belarusian servicemen showed their culinary skills. In the contest Field Kitchen they took 2nd place. The Belarusian team took part in this event for the first time and showed a high level of training of cooks and bakers, skillful preparation of various dishes in the field and even the ability to act independently as part of the team.

09.08.2017

Belarusian cynologists show best time in ARMY 2017 final
Belarusian cynologists show best time in ARMY 2017 final Belarusian cynologists became second in the final of ARMY 2017 competition. A stage of the international contest "Faithful Friend" ended in Moscow Region's Dmitrov. Teams from Belarus, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Russia and Uzbekistan competed together with their pets. The total length of the obstacle course is about two kilometers. Belarus' team showed the best time among rivals, which allowed it to rise to second place in the rating.
Belarus' reconnaissance troops to hold tactical drills ahead of West 2017
Belarus' reconnaissance troops to hold tactical drills ahead of West 2017 Belarusian reconnaissance troops will hold tactical drills ahead of West 2017 exercises. The combat training starts on August 9 and will last 2 days. During this time, the military personnel will improve field training and work out the organization and provision of reconnaissance. This will be the final stage of preparation for the joint strategic exercise of the Armed Forces of Belarus and Russia West 2017. The large-scale exercise West 2017 will be held at various firing ranges of Belarus from 14 to 20 September.

08.08.2017

Belarus reaches semi-finals of Tank Biathlon
Belarus reaches semi-finals of Tank Biathlon Another success of Belarus in the international military games: our team has advanced to the semifinals of Tank Biathlon. In total, this stage of the competition features the top 12 teams selected according to the results of individual races. Finalists will be determined after the Relay event on August 9 at the Russian Alabino firing range. Belarusians will compete in the group against the teams from Armenia, Kazakhstan and Mongolia. The Belarusian crew will get the blue tank, according to the draw.

01.08.2017

Belarusian sniper Anna Kovalevskaya wins Commonwealth Warrior award
Belarusian sniper Anna Kovalevskaya wins Commonwealth Warrior award One of the stages of the international competition Commonwealth Warrior ended in Minsk. Belarusian Anna Kovalevskaya has won first place in the women's shooting event.
Belarusian tankmen first in stage 2 of tank biathlon in Russia
Belarusian tankmen first in stage 2 of tank biathlon in Russia First again! Belarusian tankmen shot without a miss and finished without penalty points at the second stage of tank biathlon in Russia. On August 1, at the Alabino training ground near Moscow, crews from Kazakhstan, Zimbabwe and Iran tried to compete with the Belarusian army team. But in vain. On August 5, the last individual event will take place, and the results of the performances of all three crews will determine the strongest teams that will enter the semifinals. MORE:

31.07.2017

Belarusian returned gold in the individual race at tank biathlon in Russia
Belarus returned gold in individual race at tank biathlon in Russia The Belarusian crew was given first place in the individual race of tank biathlon in Russia. The panel of judges reviewed the results of the Sunday race. With perfect shooting in the tanks, helicopter and RPG events, the Belarusian army team made a mistake in maneuvering. The vehicle hit a post. This was not noticed by the driver-mechanic so he did not stop at the penalty area. However, the controversial situation was resolved in Belarus' favor.
Belarusians 2nd in individual race at ARMY 2017 tank biathlon
Belarusians 2nd in individual race at ARMY 2017 tank biathlon A Belarusian crew showed the second best result in the individual race of tank biathlon at the ARMY 2017 international games. The competition is held near Moscow polygon Alabino. Belarusian tankmen showed traditionally high results in shooting hitting all the targets.

20.07.2017

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.

19.07.2017

Belarus taking part in International Air Show MAKS 2017 in Moscow Region
Belarus taking part in International Air Show MAKS 2017 in Moscow Region The latest developments and technologies in the aerospace industry. Belarus is widely represented at the XIII International Air Show MAKS-2017. It is underway in Zhukovsky, Moscow region. The Belarusian stand features innovative monitors and display modules, helmet systems, aviation components and drones. Among them is the reconnaissance and strike vehicle Burevestnik MB, created with a large share of innovative components.

14.07.2017

Belarus tests newest domestic tank T-72BME
Belarus tests newest domestic tank T-72BME Tests of the newest domestic tank - T-72BME - have been conducted in Belarus. The video was published by the Military-Industrial Committee. Compared with previous modifications, the tank became much more economical in fuel consumption, and the accuracy has increased.

13.07.2017

Belarusian MFA: West 2017 drills purely defensive
Belarusian MFA: West 2017 drills purely defensive The military exercise of Belarus and Russia West 2017 was planned long ago and does not threaten anyone, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus. Belarus sends invitations to foreign countries and international organizations to monitor the drills. Meanwhile, this measure is proactive and based on the principles of openness. The active phase of the exercises will be monitored by representatives of the UN, OSCE, NATO, and the CSTO.

12.07.2017

First day of Chinese special forces in Belarus
First day of Chinese special forces in Belarus The joint anti-terrorist drills has been conducted by the Belarusian and Chinese special forces in Minsk. Such exercise was held in Belarus for the first time. More than 30 fighters arrived from China. The guests will spend two weeks here. During this time they will work out the basic methods of combating the threats of terrorism. An entire unit from distant China. The fighters of the special forces of the People's Republic of China came to Belarus for the first time.

10.07.2017

Belarus presents defensive weapons at Independence Day parade
Belarus presents defensive weapons at Independence Day parade The week started with a holiday: the Republic of Belarus celebrated Independence Day. The fireworks display and the parade were the traditional features of that day. Hundreds of thousands of spectators, hundreds of opinions and reviews. Most of people are enthusiastic about the day. Belarus also showed its military might and industrial potential during the parade. I looked at the faces of ambassadors of foreign countries during the parade.

07.07.2017

Belarus does not have geopolitical ambitions, Alexander Lukashenko says
Belarus does not have geopolitical ambitions, Alexander Lukashenko says Graduates of military universities and higher officers were honored at the Palace of Independence on July 6. Those gathered are without exaggeration the elite of the Armed Forces of Belarus. They will have to learn new methods of combating international threats and train the younger generation.

19.06.2017

Tank biathlon near Minsk, Belarus: video The second tank biathlon in Belarus' history was held at the Stalin Line historical complex near Minsk. Teams on modern T-72 took part in the competitions. The crews showed shooting skills using the tanks' 125-mm cannons and machine guns, Along the way they also overcame a number of difficult obstacles like slides, ditches with water and even... cars! The spectacle gathered a huge number of spectators. In addition to tank competitions visitors could visit attractions and interactive zones.

15.06.2017

Belarus in favor of equipping CSTO rapid reaction forces with latest weapons
Belarus in favor of equipping CSTO rapid reaction forces with latest weapons Belarus will always be true to its obligations on the collective forces of the CSTO's rapid reaction, said President Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with the heads of defense departments of the countries of the CSTO. In 2017, Belarus chairs the CSTO, the organization founded 15 years ago.

14.06.2017

Belarus, Russia, Serbia conduct Slavic Brotherhood 2017 anti-terrorist drills
Belarus, Russia, Serbia conduct anti-terrorist drills Slavic Brotherhood 2017 About 20 military attachés watched the active phase of the Belarusian-Russian-Serbian tactical exercise Slavic Brotherhood 2017. The maneuvers were also observed by representatives of the United States, Great Britain, China, Syria, and Ukraine. The guests watched a joint antiterrorist operation at the hydroelectric complex in Brest performed by the military of Belarus, Russia and Serbia. The drills were aimed to simulate an operation to free the sluice from 'terrorists', destroy the 'radical group' and free the 'hostages'.

13.06.2017

Belarus will always honor commitments on CSTO rapid reaction collective forces, Alexander Lukashenko says
Belarus will always honor commitments on CSTO rapid reaction collective forces, Alexander Lukashenko says Belarus will always remain loyal to its obligations on the CSTO's collective rapid reaction forces, said President Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with the heads of defense departments of the countries of the Collective Security Treaty. The situation in the zone of responsibility of the CSTO is becoming more acute, but Belarus is not going to use weapons without a need.
CSTO Collective Rapid Response Forces to hold drills in Kyrgyzstan in 2018
CSTO Collective Rapid Response Forces to hold drills in Kyrgyzstan in 2018 The drills of the Collective Rapid Response Force of the CSTO will be held in 2018 in Kyrgyzstan. The Council of Ministers of Defense of the CSTO member states has adopted an action plan for 2018. The plan provides for joint exercises involving Russian peacekeeping forces, the collective rapid reaction forces of Tajikistan, and the reconnaissance units of Kazakhstan. All measures are aimed at increasing the effectiveness of response to crisis situations, both in the CSTO's responsibility zone and beyond.

03.06.2017

New tanks passed into Belarus’ Army service
New tanks passed into Belarus’ Army service New tanks have been passed into service by the Belarusian Army. The combat vehicle T-72 B3 is equipped with an engine of 1130 horse powers and with a side screen with a removable modular equipment set. The system of fire control has been perfected; it increases the efficiency of and the hit precision at a distance up to five kilometers. The new main gun is notable for accuracy life. As for the additional elements, modernized fire equipment and a radio station have been installed.

02.06.2017

Video: Belarus' military rehearsing for Independence Day Parade
Video: Belarus' military rehearsing for Independence Day Parade The last preparations for the parade in honor of Independence Day are being held near Minsk. Military equipment is being prepared and soldiers are being trained. The length of the mechanized column this year will exceed 2.5 kilometers. The audience will see the novelties of the Belarusian military industry: Caiman armored cars, Volat border vehicles. Radio relay stations Tsitrus will be presented at the parade for the first time.

01.06.2017

Belarusian youth reviving Soviet military sports and patriotic game Eaglet
Belarusian youth reviving popular Soviet military sports game Brest is reviving traditions of the Soviet military sports game Orlyonok (Eaglet). 19 teams from all districts of the Brest region competed in the run with barriers, relay, sports shooting and others. Often it is called the most mass game of the 20th century. Long before the computer games era that was quite a popular pastime. Girls tried themselves in the role of military nurses while boys acted as front-line soldiers. Eaglet, like nothing else, tempered the character and prepared children for adult life.

31.05.2017

What machinery will Belarus show during 2017 Independence Day parade?
What machinery will Belarus show during 2017 Independence Day parade? Polonez, armored cars "Caiman" and the best soldiers will take part in the Independence Day parade 2017, which will take place in Belarus' capital Minsk on July 3. The first rehearsal of the parade for the Independence Day was held on May 30 at Lipki airfield. 220 vehicles were involved. It is expected that the legendary T34 will lead the parade.

29.05.2017

Independence Day parade 2017 promises to be spectacular
Independence Day parade 2017 promises to be spectacular Independence Day on July 3, 2017 will be held according to a special scenario. The new conception was discussed at Alexander Lukashenko’s meeting. The task is to make the parade as spectacular as possible. Besides the soldiers marching and samples of weapons, guests of the parade will see modern civil machinery as well. The celebration will show all the best Belarus has.

21.05.2017

Serbia interested in military cooperation with Belarus
Serbia interested in military cooperation with Belarus A Serbian delegation is among those who arrived in the Belarusian capital to participate in the MILEX exhibition. Immediately after the opening of the forum Defense Minister Andrei Ravkov met with his Serbian counterpart. The guest of honor was greeted by all the rules of the ceremonial ceremony, after which both ministers discussed possible options for cooperation. The head of the defense ministry of Serbia expressed interest in developing relations with Belarus in military industry.
Caiman and Polonez: Military industry of Belarus shaping new image
Caiman and Polonez: New image of Belarus' military industry Belarus makes not only in dairy produce. Belarusian weapons are famous around the world, too. The international exhibition of weapons and military equipment MILEX 2017 opened on May 20 in Minsk. Our correspondent Yevgeny Pustovoi managed to get into the armored car "Volat" - this is a Belarusian development - and tried to figure out what advantages Belarusian military industry has.

04.05.2017

Armored car Caiman to go into service in Belarusian army
Armored car Caiman to go into service in Belarusian army The armored car Caiman will go into service in Belarusian army. It is designed for participation in reconnaissance operations, peacekeeping missions, escorting columns and emergency situations. The task of creating a light armored car was set by the President of Belarus three years ago. Five armored cars have already been manufactured. Caiman is the development of Belarusian designers. The car has already passed factory tests and test drive in difficult natural conditions.

24.04.2017

Belarus checks signals troops responsible for government communications
Belarus checks signals troops responsible for government communications The Belarus KGB's 14th signals regiment responsible for government communications has been checked. By order of the Belarusian head of state, the squad was put on full combat readiness last Monday. According to the plan of the drills, the troops were to deploy field units in unprepared areas and provide top-level government with uninterrupted secret telephone communication.
Lithuanian plane violates Belarus border
Lithuanian plane violates Belarus border The Belarusian Foreign Ministry on April 22 handed over a protest note to Lithuania due to a violation of the state border. The incident occurred on Wednesday in the area under construction of the Belarusian nuclear power plant. Lithuanian light aircraft flew 8 kilometers into the territory of Belarus then turned and left the Belarusian airspace. All the time the plane was over Belarus, it was controlled by means of anti-aircraft defense.

18.04.2017

Stanislav Zas, State Secretary of Security Council of the Republic of Belarus
Belarus to check military communications regiment The State Secretariat of the Security Council, on behalf of the Belarus President, started checking the 14th government communications separate regiment of the KGB. The division provides communication of the leadership of the country in time of war. The check will be held in several stages. Experts of the regiment will advance to designated areas, deploy field units and organize unhampered government communication.

10.04.2017

Belarus gets six Russian-made Mi-8 helicopters
Belarus gets six Russian-made Mi-8 helicopters To protect common air borders, the Belarusian army added six new MI-8 helicopters of Russian production to its arsenal.  They landed at the Machulishchi airfield right before Air Defense Forces Day. The vehicles will increase the army's combat potential, reliability and flight safety. They can be used at any time of the day, at low altitudes and in difficult weather conditions.  A Mi-8 is capable of providing high mobility of troops and take on board up to 35 paratroopers.

06.04.2017

Belarus destroys last landmines under Ottawa Treaty
Belarus destroys last anti-personnel mines under Ottawa Treaty Belarus has fulfilled its obligations under the Ottawa Treaty. One of the points of the agreement is to destroy anti-personnel mines. On April 5, the last samples of PFM-1 were destroyed in the Gomel region. These mines were used extensively in the second half of the 20th century: by Americans in Vietnam and by the Soviet troops in Afghanistan. Cassettes with mines were dropped from aircraft or delivered by rockets. Children often took mines for toys because of their plastic coating. The victims of these weapons often remained disabled.

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