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22.03.2017

Caiman armored vehicle tested in Belarus
Caiman armored vehicle tested in Belarus New Caiman armored vehicle is being tested in Brest training range in Belarus. Daily run on the rough, water barriers and shooting from different kinds of armaments. The test drive was held in the severest conditions. The armored vehicle's purpose is to participate in intelligence and sabotage operations, peace-support missions, patrolling and escorting columns, carrying out actions under emergency conditions. Caiman was designed by Belarusian constructors and 90% of the complete units of the machine were made in Belarus.

19.03.2017

Military transport aircraft Il-76 goes into service in Belarus' air forces
Military transport aircraft Il-76 goes into service in Belarus' air forces A modernized military transport aircraft Il-76 (a multi-purpose four-engine turbofan strategic airlifter designed by the Soviet Union's Ilyushin design bureau) was passed into service to the military air forces of the Republic of Belarus. Today Il-76 has a satellite navigation complex combined with the autopilot. The modernized aircraft also received early-warning systems of hitting land or other aircrafts.

17.03.2017

Belarus army tests mortar system "Sani"
Belarus army tests mortar system "Sani" Belarus army men are testing the mortar system “Sani”. The system has high floatation, despite the fact that its size is a lot smaller than the previous models. Belarusian military men will compete in the International Army Games in Russia and show their skills of artillery fire using this equipment.

08.03.2017

Combat readiness of Belarus' Armed Forces checked
Combat readiness of Belarus' Armed Forces checked Military security of Belarus. A comprehensive inspection of the Armed Forces has finished in Belarus. More than 30 military bases and forces were involved during the military exercises. Military air forces and air defense team were involved as well.

28.02.2017

Belarusian army: Modern changes and victory spirit
Belarusian army: Modern changes and victory spirit Maslenitsa week followed one more popular holiday in Belarus, which is Defender of the Fatherland Day, February 23rd. This day was filled not only with congratulations and gifts to men, but also with thoughts about Belarusian army. Evgeny Pustovoi tells us about the army and soldiers’ life during the service. The soldier Ilya Konopelko has a leave, but he doesn’t relax. He repairs a wiring at granny’s and helps his parents with home improvements.

27.02.2017

Belarus creates weapon to fight with unmanned reconnaissance drones
Belarus creates weapon to fight with unmanned reconnaissance drones Belarus has created a rifle to fight the unmanned reconnaissance drones. The basis of the "killer of drones" is... the airsoft rifle.  The device weighing about 10 kilograms is equipped with an optical sight and a battery designed for 1 hour of continuous operation. Groza R was presented at the largest international defense exhibition IDEX in Abu Dhabi, where other Belarusian developments were also presented. 

21.02.2017

CTV journalist awarded for military coverage
CTV journalist awarded for military news coverage The best journalists covering the life of the Belarusian army have been chosen in Belarus. The results of the annual competition were summed up at the Ministry of Defence. The creative contest involved more than one hundred applications. Symbolically: The ceremony took place on the eve of Defender of the Fatherland Day, which is celebrated in Belarus on 23 February.

30.01.2017

Belarusian grenade launcher to be tested in 2017
Belarusian grenade launcher to be tested in 2017 New radar systems, a series of electronic warfare and testing of domestic grenade launcher are among the plans of the State Military Industry Committee for 2017. Particular attention is given to anti-aircraft missile systems, the development of unmanned aircraft, in particular, the creation of unmanned aircraft systems long range and duration of flight. An important achievement of the Belarusian military industry is the multiple launch rocket system Polonez.

05.01.2017

Alternative service in Belarus: basic principles
Alternative service in Belarus: basic principles Thirteen people started the alternative service in Belarus. The relevant law came into force in July 2016. It gives recruits whose religious beliefs do not allow taking an oath the right to replace military service by public works. Vadim is one of those recruits who have decided that military service is not suitable for them. The main reason of that was the alternative service law, which came into force in July 2016.

22.12.2016

CSTO Military Committee meeting in Minsk starts with minute's silence in memory of Russian diplomat killed in Turkey
NATO activity near Belarus borders require attention, CSTO Secretary General says A session of CSTO Military Committee in Minsk started with a minute of silence in memory of the Russian diplomat Andrei Karlov, killed in Turkey several days ago. On December 21, in Minsk, the parties summed up cooperation results of 2016. At the tenth meeting of the Military Committee of the CSTO, the member countries analyzed results of joint operational and combat training. The parties also discussed plans for 2017. In particular, they identified areas for further work to establish a system of interstate information exchange.

30.11.2016

Belarus overhauling trade unions system
Belarus overhauling trade unions system Belarus is modernizing trade unions that are members of the Belarusian Federation of Trade Unions (FPB). A decision on the need to merge the related organizations was made at 7th FPB Congress in 2015. This will enable the organization to more effectively solve problems. In addition, it allows exchanging professional knowledge. In 2016, trade unions in industry, energy, transport and forestry were merged. The next step is the unification of structures in the Belarus Armed Forces.

29.11.2016

Belarus' army gets six Mi-8 helicopters
Belarus' army gets six Mi-8 helicopters Belarusian sky under technological security now as the country's Air Force received 6 MI-8 helicopters. The modern air vehicles can be used for military exercises, reconnaissance, rescue and medical purposes. Manufacturers have improved specifications substantially increasing fuel tank capacity, upgrading navigation equipment, adding a weather radar, which can operate in harsh weather conditions. In mid-2017, the Belarus Air Force will receive further six helicopters and the full squadron will begin honing their skills together.

24.11.2016

New Yak-130 aircraft at Lida’s airbase
New Yak-130 aircraft at Lida’s airbase New Yak-130 aircraft appeared at Lida’s airbase on November 23. This is the second batch of new generation vehicles that came to Belarus from Russia. According to soldiers, the adoption of such aircraft is a qualitative leap in pilot training. The Yak-130 can fly at a speed of up to 1,000 km/h. Such aircraft have a perfect aerodynamic configuration: high flight performance and piloting safety both in teaching and fight.

04.11.2016

Belarus taking part in international arms exhibition in Indonesia
Belarus taking part in 2016 Indo Defence Expo & Forum in Indonesia Belarusian wheeled amphibious armored car, the missile system Polonez and drones are presented at an international expo in Indonesia. Belarus has presented samples of the Belarusian military industry at the region's largest international exhibition of weapons and equipment. Products by hundreds of companies are exhibited in Jakarta at an area of over 10,000 square meters. The Belarusian booth includes the latest developments: Belarusian air defense missile systems, automated control systems and models of military equipment.

23.10.2016

Physical, tactical and firearms training: Belarus’ President checks army officers’ professionalism
Belarus’ President checks army officers’ skills To secure peace in the country we need a good army, so that nobody would want to intervene. If there are attempts of military intervention, or somebody tries to become a civil war, it will be crushed in the bud. To stop it at the later stage as in Ukraine is extremely difficult. Strong weaponry is a good argument, but the army also needs strong people. President Lukashenko personally visited the training site Obuz-Lesnovsky and checked the professional level of officers. Yulia Beshanova has more on the story.

21.10.2016

Innovations plus integration: Belarus, Russia developing cooperation in military-technical sphere
Innovations plus integration: Belarus, Russia developing cooperation in military-technical sphere Belarus and Russia will continue to develop military-technical cooperation focusing on modernization and innovations. The corresponding document was approved on October 20 by an intergovernmental commission.

19.10.2016

Alexander Lukashenko observes officers examination at training site
Alexander Lukashenko observes officers' examination at training site The system of military training in Belarus should be improved and more teachers with practical experience should be attracted. This assignment was given by President Alexander Lukashenko who met with the leadership of the Belarusian Armed Forces. The President visited the training site Obuz-Lesnovsky on October 19. Alexander Lukashenko noted that it is necessary to assess the level of training of officers in more detail and taking into account the realities of the time.
President of Belarus inspects army officers' training
President of Belarus inspects army officers' training The system of military training in Belarus should be improved and more teachers with practical experience should be attracted. This assignment was given by President Alexander Lukashenko who met with the leadership of the Belarusian Armed Forces. The President visited the training site Obuz-Lesnovsky October 19.
Belarus needs to improve military training system
Belarus needs to improve military training system, President Lukashenko says It is necessary to improve the military training system in Belarus. This assignment was given by President Alexander Lukashenko who met with the leadership of the Belarusian Armed Forces. Officers of the Belarusian army are training near Baranovichi October 19. Professional and job training, the ability to lead your comrades in the fight and to hit the target perfectly, drive tanks and show excellent physical preparation. At the same time, it is important that an officer can teach his subordinates, the President stressed.
Belarus President to check training of military officers
Belarus President to check training of military officers Checkup of the level of training of Belarusian officers will take place at Baranovichi on 19 October. Taking part in the activities will be the President of Belarus. Alexander Lukashenko will visit the control room of the Ministry of Defense, where he will hear reports on how training of officers in the Armed Forces is organized. Officers will show their skills at the so-called Field Academy. This is how the 230th Obuz-Lesnaya Training Ground is widely known. At more than 10 acres of woodland you can

18.10.2016

Belarus-Russian joint drills underway near Brest
Belarus-Russian joint drills underway near Brest Large-scale joint military exercises of paratroopers of Russia and Belarus are now underway at the firing range Brestsky. Today is the active phase. 900 soldiers of the two countries work out the destruction of illegal armed groups in the border area. More than 150 pieces of equipment are involved. The drills include life in the field, overcoming water barriers and landing from aircraft and helicopters, including at night. The exercises are as close as possible to the real combat situation.

26.08.2016

CSTO Collective Peacekeeping Forces holding Indestructible Brotherhood drills in Belarus
CSTO Collective Peacekeeping Forces holding Indestructible Brotherhood drills in Belarus The Indestructible Brotherhood drills of the Collective Peacekeeping Forces of the CSTO are gaining momentum. The command decided to start a peacekeeping operation and is preparing to carry out tasks.   Tactical and combatant lessons have been conducted with personnel. During these lessons, military guarded checkpoints, inspected vehicles and patrolled areas and provided first aid. They also worked out questions of application of unmanned aircraft systems and reconnaissance aircraft.

24.08.2016

Belarus taking part in CSTO's Indestructible Brotherhood 2016 peacekeeping drills
Belarus taking part in CSTO's Indestructible Brotherhood 2016 peacekeeping drills The drills of the CSTO peacekeepers Indestructible Brotherhood 2016 started on August 23 in Belarus. It will be held at the military training ground Obuz-Lesnovsky. Troops from Russia have already arrived at the airport in Baranovichi. The military intend to work out a number of innovations that reflect the updated methods of peacekeeping missions. The CSTO partners will hone their skills in humanitarian assistance to local population on a simulated territory of conflict. They will also exercise the destruction of illegal armed formations.

23.08.2016

Polonez multiple rocket launchers to come into service in Belarus
Polonez multiple rocket launchers to come into service in Belarus The first multiple rocket launcher system Polonez will go into service in Belarus. The weapon was solemnly given to the 332nd Missile Brigade of Osipovichi on August 22. The domestic development is significantly superior to its predecessors in terms of many characteristics. The destruction range is 200 kilometers. It can shoot at eight goals simultaneously. The deviation from the target at the maximum distance does not exceed 1 meter.

21.08.2016

Helicopters Mi-8
Updated helicopters Mi-8 to come into service in Belarusian army Updated helicopters Mi-8 will enter the service of the Belarusian army. The first six helicopters will be used in September. Modernization remains one of the main priorities of the country’s Air Defense Forces. On the 21st of August, the Air Defense Forces of Belarus celebrate their professional holiday. On that day, the ceremony of laying wreath and flowers to the Victory monument took place in Minsk. People paid tribute to the heroes of the Great Patriotic War and those who protect peaceful sky.

18.08.2016

Belarusian army puts into service Protivnik radar system
Belarusian army puts into service new Protivnik radar system Belarusian military are now armed with the latest radar system. The complex Protivnik [eng: Enemy] is equipped with modern computer technology, which allows simultaneously tracking 200 targets at altitudes of up to 150 kilometers.  The limiting range of the three-axis locator is 450 kilometers.  It is able to carry out combat duty tasks anywhere in Belarus. Among its main advantages is its mobility. To deploy it the crew needs about 30 minutes. Just to compare, its predecessors were much slower and took 19 hours to deploy. 
Belarusian Culture Day held at CSTO Interaction 2016 drills
Belarusian Culture Day held at CSTO Interaction 2016 drills Belarusian officers have begun to prepare a joint special operation of collective rapid reaction forces of the CSTO's Interaction 2016 exercise. The command of the airborne brigade is developing a plan of application of military units in the area of ​​responsibility. Personnel are performing combat training missions. Involved in the exercise are about 80 Belarusian military. But there is also time to relax on the range.
New rules for civil drone owners in Belarus
New rules for civil drone owners in Belarus The Council of Ministers of Belarus has approved new rules for the use of the so-called drones. Now they are not subject to state registration, but you can use them at an altitude of no more than 100 meters. This limitation is due to security concerns. Moreover, this applies to both amateurs and professionals.

16.08.2016

Belarusian military confirm status at II International Army Games
Belarusian military confirm status at II International Army Games The Belarusian military's high status was once again confirmed at the II International Army Games. Teams from 19 countries competed in Russia and Kazakhstan. Belarusian pilots in the so-called "combat use" not just won but shocked rivals with their skills. Even the leaders of the overall standings – Russians – on their own training ground were unable to oppose the Mi-8 from Machulishchy.
CSTO joint exercise Interaction 2016 starts in Pskov region
CSTO joint exercise Interaction 2016 starts in Russia's Pskov region Military units of the Organization of the Collective Security Treaty (CSTO) have arrived in the Pskov region of Russia to take part in the joint military exercise Interaction 2016. Involved in the drills are national contingents of the Armed Forces of Belarus, Russia, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. All in all, about 6,000 troops and up to 1,000 military vehicles will partake.

12.08.2016

Belarusian pilots to donate Army Games prize to orphanage
Belarusian pilots to donate Army Games prize to orphanage A few hours ago, a team of air defense and air force of Belarus returned from the International Army Games. The informal Army Olympics started July 30 and will end this Saturday.  Participating in the competition are 3,000 people from 20 countries. Belarusian military were represented in 8 competitions - tank and flight crews, sniper pairs, engineering, dog service, assault platoons and others.
International Military Games: Belarusians make it into final
International Army Games: Belarusians make it into final Belarusian tank crews have qualified for the final of the International Army Games. Our crews have set a record of the competition defeating over 85% of targets. Taking part in the decisive battle that will take place on August 13 will also be teams from Russia, China and Kazakhstan. Moreover, they will participate on various tanks.  So the fight will take place not only among humans but also machinery. The teams will have one day for maintenance, preparation of vehicles and weapons adjusting.

11.08.2016

Belarusian pilots win two silver medals at army Olympics
Belarusian pilots win two silver medals at army Olympics At the army Olympics, pilots from Belarus have won two silver medals in the categories "assault aircraft" and "military transport aircraft." Team Belarus, in the Avia Darts event, put the crews on Su-25 and for the first time on Mi-8. Piloting, intelligence and the use of lethal force: according to the results of all tests Belarusians only slightly lost to Russians. Moreover, Belarus has shown the best accuracy.

01.08.2016

Belarus taking part in tank biathlon at International Military Games 2016
Belarus taking part in tank biathlon at International Military Games 2016 Belarusian military are taking part in the Tank Biathlon event at the second International Military Games in Russia and Kazakhstan. Our compatriots are performing in combat vehicles produced in Belarus. They will have to compete with teams from 20 countries. All in all, the informal military Olympics involve 3,000 soldiers. Belarusian teams will demonstrate their skills in eight events.

27.07.2016

Belarus' new Military Doctrine comes into force
Belarus' new Military Doctrine comes into force The new Military Doctrine of Belarus came into force July 26. The document is based on the analysis and results of the expert assessment of the military-political situation in Belarus and around the world. There is now a new classification of armed conflicts in the document. It also describes the conditions under which an armed confrontation within the country may occur. The doctrine takes into account such forms of hidden threats as hybrid warfare and color revolutions. 
Vietnamese military journalists getting acquainted with Belarus
Vietnamese military journalists getting acquainted with Belarus Journalists in military uniform from Vietnam are getting familiar with the Armed Forces of Belarus. They have visited some military units and formations. Representatives of the Broadcasting Service of the Vietnam People's Army are interested in the work of their Belarusian colleagues.  During the press-tour, the officers also got acquainted with the exposition of the museum of modern Belarusian statehood.

22.07.2016

Belarusian peacekeepers conduct tactical exercises near Vitebsk
Belarusian peacekeepers conduct tactical exercises near Vitebsk Tactical peacekeeping exercises were held near Vitebsk. Soldiers trained in creating buffer zones, separation of conditional conflicting parties as well as escort of humanitarian convoys. Each training of Belarusian peacekeepers has its own scenario based on real international practice. According to the present drills, a contingent of blue helmets is called to stabilize the situation in the conflict zone between the two countries.

20.07.2016

Belarusian paratroopers leading at CISM World Military Parachuting Championship
Belarusian paratroopers leading at CISM World Military Parachuting Championship The Armed Forces of the Belarusian national team are taking part in the 40th CISM World Military Parachuting Championship. The competition has gathered teams from dozens of countries. Belarusians' competitors are eminent sportsmen from European and Arab countries, as well as from China and the CIS. The competition is taking place at the Kubinka airfield near Moscow, with about 400 parachutists performing.

14.07.2016

Tank biathlon: Belarus preparing for 2016 Army Games
Tank biathlon: Belarus preparing for 2016 Army Games The Belarusian team is completing preparations for the international army games Army 2016. This year the national team of our country will take part in several disciplines, including tank biathlon. It will take place in Alabino, Moscow Region. Four best crews of the Armed Forces have been selected and trained. The soldiers are training at the shooting range Domanovo, where there is a special track for tank biathlon, similar to that of the Moscow Region.

05.07.2016

President Lukashenko: People appreciate peace and tranquility in Belarus
President Lukashenko: People appreciate peace and tranquility in Belarus Belarusians appreciate the peace and tranquility in the country, said Head of State Alexander Lukashenko on July 5 at a ceremony to honor the graduates of higher military educational institutions and high-ranking officers. The President also presented the general's shoulder straps to some law enforcement agencies officers. The ceremony is traditionally timed to in the main state holiday - Independence Day of the Republic of Belarus.

02.07.2016

Independence Day parade due in Minsk July 3
Independence Day parade due in Minsk July 3 The central event of the Independence Day will be of course a military parade. President Lukashenko will review troops as the supreme commander. Hundreds of thousands of people are going to see this beautiful and patriotic spectacle. On July 3, several national channels will offer a live broadcast of the event.

30.06.2016

Military attachés get tour of Independence Palace in Minsk
Military attachés get tour of Independence Palace in Minsk Negotiation rooms in the Independence Palace, including those that hosted the Normandy Four meeting, were shown to military attaches accredited in Belarus.  Traditionally, every year, they take part in one of the main Belarusian holidays - Independence Day, which we celebrate on July 3. On the eve of July 3, the guests toured one of the architectural symbols of Belarus.

27.06.2016

Belarus Independence Day rehearsal flyover at Minskoe More Lake in (video)
Belarus Independence Day rehearsal flyover near Minsk (video) On June 27, a rehearsal of the Independence Day air parade was held by the Minsk garrison. 44 aircraft rose into the sky to train ahead of the July 3 Independence Day of Belarus. Taking part in the rehearsal were the helicopters Mi-2, Mi-8 and Mi-24. When it comes to planes, there were MiG-29, Su-25 and military-transport aircraft IL-76 and AN-26. Russian aircraft will also partake in the parade. By the way, traffic was not blocked on the ground during the rehearsal.
Belarusian military preparing for All-Army International Games
Belarusian military preparing for All-Army International Games Pure heaven 2016: Belarusian military are preparing for the All-Army International Games, which will be held at the Russian test site in Yeisk. The compatitions will be held in the sprint, pursuit and relay. Every team will have to undergo five steps. Competition conditions are similar to real combat tasks. Antiaircraft and missile complexes will also be used.
2016 Independence Day parade rehearsal in Minsk
2016 Independence Day parade rehearsal in Minsk The Independence Day parade in Minsk is due on July 3, 2016. The first rehearsals have already taken place. Taking part in the to-be military show near the stela "Minsk - Hero City" were more than 3,500 servicemen, 160 units of military equipment - armored vehicles and self-propelled, multiple rocket launchers. Opening the parade will be the exclusive Chinese limousines that are used by the PRC leadership to review parades. The banners of the victorious 1st, 2nd and 3rd Belarusian Fronts, which contributed greatly to WWII victory, will be carried.

26.06.2016

How will Belarus live in the next five years? Summary of 5th All-Belarusian People's Assembly
How will Belarus live in the next five years? Summary of 5th All-Belarusian People's Assembly The 5th All-Belarusian Assembly was extensively covered by television channels and other domestic and foreign media. Some tried to use in-depth analysis while others just slipped on the surface. I remember in this regard an English song translated by Samuil Marshak: Pussy-cat, Pussy-cat, where have you been? I’ve been to London to look at the Queen. Pussy-cat, Pussy-cat, what did you there? I frightened a little mouse under her chair.

22.06.2016

5th All-Belarusian People's Assembly: Day 1 summary
5th All-Belarusian People's Assembly: Day 1 summary The 5th All-Belarusian People's Assembly opened in Minsk June 22. This is the most democratic way of democracy. Journalists pick different epithets and comparisons for the forum. But the Belarus President explains it simply and clearly. He speaks about the purpose of the meeting itself and the people taking part in it.

21.06.2016

Formidable Soviet Katyusha missile launcher turns 75
Formidable Soviet Katyusha missile launcher turns 75 75 years ago, on June 21, 1941, the BM-13 missile launchers, also known as Katyusha, went into service in the Red Army. The USSR government signed the relevant document just hours before the start of the Great Patriotic War. Within a week after the Great Patriotic War began, the world's first rocket artillery battery was formed. It included seven machines.

19.06.2016

The West sees no threat from Belarus, Belarusian Ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg says
The West sees no threat from Belarus, Ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg says One of the key appointments, which was mentioned in the video digest, was a new Belarusian Ambassador to Belgium with concurrent accreditation in Luxembourg, and at the same time permanent representative to the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, as well as Permanent Representative to NATO. Alexander Mikhnevich is here with us in the studio. Judging by the number of duties or list of official titles, there is much to talk about. Mr Mikhnevich, hello.

16.06.2016

Belarus successfully tests new Polonez missile
Belarus successfully tests new Polonez missile During the working meeting on June 16, the President reported about the successful testing of new missile systems in Belarus. This is a significant event for the whole country. It took Belarus two years to create the systems. Alexander Lukashenko instructed Premier Andrei Kobyakov to consider presenting state awards to those who contributed to the creation of the weapons.
Belarus-Russia Union State to benefit from Minsk's new military doctrine
Belarus-Russia Union State to benefit from Minsk's new military doctrine The new military doctrine of Belarus will become part of a similar document of the Belarus-Russia Union State, said the House of Representatives June 16. The deputies of the lower house of Belarus Parliament in the second reading passed a bill on the approval of the Military Doctrine. The document entered the House of Representatives February 12, 2016 after it had been approved by the President of Belarus on the basis of a Security Council session.

15.06.2016

Light armored vehicle by Minsk Wheel Tractor Plant showcased in Paris
MZKT light armored vehicle showcased in Paris A sample of the newest light armored vehicle of Minsk Wheel Tractor Plant (MZKT) were presented in Paris at the international exhibition of arms and military equipment Eurosatory.  Earlier during tests the vehicle showed high maneuverability and was applauded by experts. Eurosatory expo is considered one the most authoritative. Taking part in the current exhibition are about 1,500 companies from 57 countries. 

08.06.2016

Belarus taking 'calm and adequate' measures in view of increased NATO presence
Belarus taking 'calm and adequate' measures in view of increased NATO presence Current approaches to achieving economic security became the main topic at a forum of heads of delegations who gathered in Minsk for a session of the Council of CIS supreme bodies of financial control. The President of Belarus met with international experts June 7. According to Alexander Lukashenko, the CIS should become a political and economic center of power. This is particularly important in light of the 25th anniversary of the Commonwealth. The leading financial experts of the CIS countries will stay in Minsk a few days.

26.05.2016

Independence Day parade rehearsals due in Minsk 25 and 28 June
Independence Day parade rehearsals due in Minsk 25 and 28 June Legendary T-34s and the new generation of military equipment will be presented at the Independence Day parade in Minsk, Belarus, due on July 3, 2016. The military are preparing for the parade at the military airfield Lipki. Another rehearsal was held there May 26. All in all, about 160 units will partake in the parade, including armored vehicles, self-propelled weapons and multiple rocket launchers. They will be joined by WWII retro machinery. The length of the column will be about two kilometers.

13.05.2016

Belarus to hold parade on 2016 Independence Day July 3
Belarus to hold parade on 2016 Independence Day July 3 Legendary T-34 and the new generation of machines will feature at the Independence Day parade, due on July 3, 2016. Armored vehicles, self-propelled weapons and multiple rocket launchers: all in all, about 160 units will partake in the parade. All the machines for the parade are prepared at the military airfield Lipki. Tanks will head the mechanized line, including the legendary T-34 and powerful IS-2. Each machine has its own history. The 160-unit line will stretch over almost 2km.
Belarus participating in international project to strengthen security measures in SALW warehouses
Belarus participating in international project to strengthen security measures in weapons warehouses In order to strengthen stability in Central and Eastern Europe Belarus, together with international organizations, is implementing an international project on strengthening of security measures in the warehouses of small arms and light weapons. To reduce the risk of their spread, seven military units have been equipped with modern alarm systems, with fences replaced. 

05.05.2016

Anti-aircraft missile system S-300 now on combat duty in Polotsk
Anti-aircraft missile system S-300 now on combat duty in Polotsk The anti-aircraft missile complex S-300 is now on combat duty in Polotsk, which is in the north of Belarus. The system is able to see the target at a distance of 150 kilometers and destroy it in a matter of minutes. And it does not matter whether it is a ballistic missile or a drone. Air defense experts say that the sky over Belarus is in good hands. This is the first time S-300 has been used for the protection of the northern borders of the country. Similar complexes are already guarding the sky near the borders with Poland and Ukraine.

04.05.2016

Head of Chinese-Belarusian Industrial Park Andrei Gal dismissed
Head of Chinese-Belarusian Industrial Park Andrei Gal dismissed Andrei Gal has been dismissed as head of the Chinese-Belarusian Industrial Park Great Stone "for a single gross violation of labor duties". The corresponding presidential decree was published today on the National Legal Internet Portal. Another personnel decision involves the dismissal of chief of staff and first deputy commander of the Western Operational Command of Belarus' Armed Forces Oleg Melnikov.

19.04.2016

Belarus participating in CSTO exercises in Tajikistan
Belarus participating in CSTO exercises in Tajikistan Belarusian military are involved in the CSTO drills in Tajikistan. They have brought together intelligence units. In total, there are about one 1,500 troops and aviation. It is the first time large-scale maneuvers have been held within the framework of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). Troops from Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Armenia will conduct exploration in the mountains, as well as work out joint actions to seize and destroy simulated enemy facilities.

18.04.2016

Belarusian antitank complexes Shershen to be exhibited in Malaysia
Belarusian antitank complexes Shershen to be exhibited in Malaysia Belarusian anti-tank systems will be shown at one of the largest defense and security exhibitions in the world. Today, the Defence Services Asia Exhibition & Conference (DSA) opens in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur. The Belarusian exposition will feature not only the latest modifications of Shershen anti-tank complex. It will show potential customers a new family of multi-purpose armored vehicles, as well as innovative technologies in automated command and control systems.

12.04.2016

Belarus to develop national system of satellite communication and broadcasting
Belarus to develop national system of satellite communication and broadcasting Belarus intends to follow the path of integration into the world information space and develop the national satellite broadcasting system.  This task was set by President Alexander Lukashenko during his April 12 visit to the Center for Space Communications in the village Stankovo, ​Dzerzhinsk district. On the Day of Cosmonautics, Belarus launches ground satellite control system for Belintersat-1. This is the first Belarus-made unit designed for the transmission of television and radio, as well as providing access to the Internet.

04.04.2016

Servicemen banned from using smartphones for information security considerations
Servicemen banned from using smartphones for information security considerations Selfies pose a threat of leakage of confidential data. The Ministry of Defence has banned soldiers from using smartphones and tablets from information security considerations. Now, under the new rules, the military can only make calls using old models of mobile phones and use devices that don't provide internet access. All these measures are primarily aimed at maintaining the confidentiality of military information. But soldiers are allowed to use phones outside military units.

30.03.2016

Belarus' President meets U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense
Alexander Lukashenko: USA vital for balancing Ukraine crisis Positive elements in the relations between Belarus and the United States will mark their new stage, said President Alexander Lukashenko meeting on March 30 with U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Michael Carpenter. The sides discussed Belarus' position on military matters and the bilateral dialogue. During the meeting they touched upon regional security issues. In particular, the conflict in Ukraine. Belarus' President noted that it is impossible to balance the situation there without the United States.

29.03.2016

Belarusian paratroopers to continue North Pole drills Belarusian paratroopers will continue "the conquest" of the North Pole. The second landing in the harsh sub-zero temperatures will be held in early April in joint exercises with the Russian Airborne Troops.  A special operations forces division of Belarus are now in Russia's Pskov for training. Then the military from the two countries will go to land on the drifting ice of the Arctic Ocean.

28.03.2016

CIS Armed Forces to get joint communications system
CIS Armed Forces to get joint communications system The Armed Forces of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) will be linked by a joint communications system. A draft of the relevant agreement was discussed today in Minsk at a meeting of the Committee of Chiefs of Staff of the Armed Forces of the CIS member states. Also under discussion were a number of matters related to the expansion of military cooperation in the CIS.

19.03.2016

The Palace of Sports Uruchcha
Counting the new history of sports complex Uruchcha The Palace of Sports Uruchcha is open. Nevertheless, the history of this place  began almost 40 years ago. The modern complex has appeared on the basis of a small athletics arena. Sportsmen in only a few disciplines were training in the old arena.

15.03.2016

Oleg Belokonev, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces - First Deputy Minister of Defense of the Republic of Belarus
2nd phase of combat test underway in Belarus' Armed Forces The Armed Forces of Belarus are undergoing the second phase of the complex combat checks. On duty are now communicators and special operations forces. They practice completely new methods of combating hybrid threats. Under special control is tactical training. Here, the primary focus is on commanders, with the main aim being the introduction of modern technologies.

14.03.2016

Belarusians to check French military units
Belarusians to check French military units Belarusian military will check the military units of France. The inspection will begin March 14 and will last five days.  It will be held under the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe. The commission will focus on weapons and equipment banned by this agreement. With the same purpose, a group of French military is visiting these days one of the military units of Belarus. MORE: Belarus-France cooperation

21.02.2016

Territorial Defense Forces checked in Belarus
Territorial defense forces combat readiness in focus in Belarus Belarus this week checked the readiness of territorial troops. This order was given by the President at a meeting with participants of a territorial defense camp. The newly created troops will add strength to the army and to defend facilities that are vital for the country. The territorial defense system in Belarus is 15 years old. Even then it was clear that reserve soldiers can be of great assistance to the regular army. This is mainly the protection of urban facilities: factories, power plants, and bakeries.

18.02.2016

Belarusian governors training to use weapons in case of military conflict
Belarusian governors training to use weapons in case of military conflict "It is not easier than the cropping campaign," say governors about territorial defense classes. February 18 was the culmination of the military drills in which Belarusian governors take part. Anti-personnel mines, anti-aircraft guns and modern data centers. Commanders must not only know how to use technology, but also set an example to the personnel.     They did not shoot very precise but all the targets are hit. On the firing line, the governors and their deputies confirm that they know how to use personal weapons.       

17.02.2016

Belarus 45th in Global Firepower list
Belarus 45th in Global Firepower list Belarus is 45th among 126 countries in terms of aggregate indicators of its armed forces in the Global Firepower world ranking. The first three places have been retained by the USA, Russia and China. They are followed by India, the United Kingdom, France and South Korea. Ukraine is ranked 25th, Belarus 45th, Uzbekistan 54th, Azerbaijan went down to 64th place, Armenia is in 74th, Georgia 75th, Kyrgyzstan 78th, Tajikistan 81st and Turkmenistan 90th.  The last three lines are occupied by Mali, Mozambique and Somalia.
President Lukashenko for army's increased mobility
President Lukashenko for army's increased mobility Mobile machinery is in focus during Belarus' Armed Forces rearmament, said President Alexander Lukashenko addressing territorial defense forces February 17, 2016. These forces have recently been created in Belarus. Their main task is to ensure the safety of the main objects of life, if necessary.  The Head of State asked the territorial defense forces about their readiness and then asked whether heads of districts and regions are ready to assume command. 

16.02.2016

Belarus parliament to consider new military doctrine bill in spring session
Belarus parliament to consider new military doctrine bill in spring session The Belarusian parliament will consider a bill on the approval of a new military doctrine in the spring session. For the document to be adopted, two thirds of deputies of the House of Representatives must vote for it. The Belarusian military doctrine takes into account the military-political situation in the world, new methods of warfare. It is defensive in nature and is aimed at the modernization of the military-industrial complex.

12.02.2016

Belarus' new military doctrine sent to parliament for approval
Belarus' new military doctrine sent to parliament for approval The new version of the Military Doctrine of Belarus has been sent to the lower house of Parliament. President Alexander Lukashenko has approved the document following the January 22 meeting of the Security Council of Belarus. The need for renewing of the doctrine was caused by changes in the military-political situation in the world, the nature of warfare and the modern trends of development of the Belarusian state.

10.02.2016

Belarus' air force planning to rearm units
Belarus' air force planning to rearm units Updated fleet, advanced detection systems, and best-in-class anti-aircraft missile systems. Over 21 years, Belarus has ensured the safety of the western borders of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). On February 8, 1995, it was decided to create a unified air defense system of the CIS member states. Belarus is forming a reliable "sky shield" and is developing domestic military industry.

05.02.2016

Belarus' Yak-130 test air-to-air missiles
Belarus' Yak-130 test air-to-air missiles Belarusian pilots conducted the first tests of guided air-to-air missiles from Yak-130 aircraft on the firing ground Polesie in the Gomel region. Taking part in the exercise of the Air Force and Air Defense Forces are about 300 units of equipment. Among them are modern anti-aircraft missile systems. The cover-up includes one of the most powerful volley fire systems in the world called Smerch. The exercise involves heavy artillery too: long-range howitzers and tactical missiles.

04.02.2016

Belarus air force agrees Su-30 purchase from Russia
Belarus air force agrees Su-30 purchase from Russia The air force of Belarus is now one step closer to fleet renewal. Belarus has reached a preliminary agreement with the Russian side on the acquisition of multi-purpose fighters Su-30. They are designed to replace MiG-29, which are now in service. The replacement of fighter jets will increase Belarus' opportunities for the destruction of air targets. In addition, thanks to these jets, Belarusian air force will be able to perform combat tasks from any airport of the country.
300 Belarusian paratroopers to land at North Pole
300 Belarusian paratroopers to land at North Pole Belarusian paratroopers have landed at the North Pole. The operation is planned in the framework of joint exercise with the Russian airborne troops.  The units will then undergo an intensive phase of preparation for landing on drifting ice in difficult weather conditions. Belarusian soldiers landed by parachute on the North Pole for the first time in 2015.  Together with colleagues they practiced actions in extreme conditions with the aim to find and assist those in trouble.

31.01.2016

Military industry in Belarus: overview of unique technologies by domestic producers
Military industry in Belarus: overview of unique technologies by domestic producers The recently launched Belarusian satellite Belintersat-1 has made contact with Stankovo. Here, 40 kilometers from Minsk, there is a domestic flight control center. This important project, which Belarus is implementing together with Chinese partners, also has export value. Belarus will sell abroad communication services that we can provide with the help of the spacecraft.

25.01.2016

Belarus' Military Doctrine 2016: Main points and changes
Belarus' Military Doctrine 2016: Main points and changes This week Belarus considered a new edition of the military doctrine. The task of preparing such a document was set a year ago. The foreign political situation in the world is changing rapidly. And it is necessary to react. This is the usual procedure and the result of this work was presented this week to the head of state. The military doctrine has such new concepts as "local war" and "illegal armed group". The document now takes into account the events of the "Arab Spring" and a number of other armed conflicts in Syria and Ukraine.

24.01.2016

Comprehensive combat readiness check underway in Belarus Armed Forces
Comprehensive combat readiness check underway in Belarus Armed Forces A comprehensive testing of the Armed Forces of Belarus is gaining momentum.  The formations and units of the 6th and the 120th guards mechanized brigades began the second phase of tactical exercises at firing ranges. They will culminate in live fire exercises. Other units are also involved. Belarusian border guards are busy practicing missions to strengthen the protection of state borders. Together with border guards units of the Armed Forces are training to search and destroy enemy groups. 
Alexander Lukashenko: No direct military threat to Belarus now
Alexander Lukashenko: No direct military threat to Belarus now A new draft military doctrine was discussed at a meeting with the Belarus President on January 22. This is a mandatory document for any state in which it spells out the official position regarding security and armed protection. Alexander Lukashenko stressed that Belarus will continue to adhere to the policy of peace, but the difficult situation in the world makes the country "keep powder dry."

20.01.2016

Oleg Belokonev, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces - First Deputy Minister of Defense of the Republic of Belarus
Ground, special forces of Belarus undergoing test drills Belarus' ground forces, shoulder to shoulder with the Special Forces, are ready to start test drills, usually held in January. The forces are now moving to the areas of ​​training and combat missions. Despite really winter weather, the military have to show all their skills and prove their professionalism once again. Taking part in the drills will be military from Brest and Brest region along with men from other regions.   

17.01.2016

Combat readiness check continues in Armed Forces of Belarus
Combat readiness check continues in Armed Forces of Belarus A combat readiness check continues in the Armed Forces of Belarus. The readiness and ability of formations and military units to carry out the task as intended is being inspected now.  A number of engineering troops divisions are to march for training missions in the Grodno region, where they will help build a bridge crossing over frozen water. Some people have been called up from reserves to improve their theoretical and practical skills in various subjects.

27.12.2015

Security, economy dominate CSTO, EEU summits in Moscow
Security, economy dominate CSTO, EEU summits in Moscow Security and economy were the subjects of conversation between the presidents of the CSTO and the Eurasian Economic Union earlier this week in Moscow. The Collective Security Council adjusted the action plan in connection with the hostilities in the Middle East, the flow of refugees and the Russian plane downed by Turkey. This is a separate issue, a sensitive issue for the Kremlin, and Moscow would like to share its concern with the allies.

01.12.2015

Belarus modernizes 10 MiG-29 fighters
Belarus modernizes 10 MiG-29 fighters December 1 the personnel of the 61st Air Base in Baranavichy received new old planes. Ten upgraded MiG-29 fighters were put on combat duty. It is noteworthy that all of their new filling of the fighters was made in Belarus. It is symbolic that the arrival of the aircraft coincided with the start of the new academic year in Belarus' air force and air defense forces. The military aircraft immediately started flights.

15.11.2015

Belarusian, Russian armed forces set for new cooperation plan
Belarusian, Russian armed forces set for new cooperation plan On November 13, President Alexander Lukashenko approved a new plan specifying the cooperation of Belarusian-Russian armies from 2016. According to the Belarusian head of state, the security issue should be considered in terms of relations in the post-Soviet space where three major integration associations such as the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Eurasian Economic Union, and the Union State of Belarus and Russia exist. It’s indispensable to take into consideration the situation in neighboring countries as well.

06.11.2015

Belarus open to equal cooperation with West, USA and EU, Alexander Lukashenko says Alexander Lukashenko has taken office as President of Belarus. The ceremony was held at the Palace of Independence November 6. According to the protocol, soldiers of the guard of honor brought to the Hall of Ceremonies the flag, the banner and the Constitution, after which Alexander Lukashenko was sworn in. The Chairwoman of the Central Election Commission handed him a certificate of the President of the Republic of Belarus. The President was congratulated by the chairmen of the Council of the Republic and the Constitutional Court.

03.11.2015

Belarus to use own missile system Polonez
Belarus to use own missile system Polonez Today, on November 3, the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, has visited Precision Electromechanical Plantlocated in the Dzerzhinsk region, where the cutting edge domestic missile system Polonez was demonstrated. The head of state was also updated on the efforts to localize the production of combat missiles. The Polonez missile system was first demonstrated on May 9, during the parade in Minsk. The Polonez missiles have a range of 200 km. Today only several states have missile systems with such characteristics.

01.11.2015

Belarusian special forces: Physical training, equipment and combat missions
Belarusian special forces: Physical training, equipment and combat missions The potential of the Belarusian army is one of the highest in Eastern Europe. What exactly are the armed forces of Belarus? (see video for more detail) The Belarusian army is more than 60,000 people: aviation, land and air defense forces, and special operations forces. How does this complex mechanism work?       
Belarus does not want new world security system to emerge from carnage
Belarus does not want new world security system to emerge from carnage Let's start with the main events of the week in which the Belarus President took part. The topic of security and the ability of Belarus to defend its borders has always been one of the most important. Moreover, it is important today in light of the events that are unfolding in the neighboring countries. Alexander Lukashenko this week visited the 120th mechanized brigade, an elite unit in which the President himself once served.  Thousands of hectares of two military camps, barracks, warehouses, and a firing range.

30.10.2015

Belarus President: Reliable national security is a condition of the well-being of any state
Belarus President: Reliable national security is a condition of the well-being of any state Reliable national security providing is one of the conditions of the well-being of any state, said Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus, speaking during a meeting of Armed Forces commanders. The current redistribution processes of the spheres of influence in geopolitics require special attention. The existence of double standards, the United States ' desire for world domination, the wars in Afghanistan and Syria, and the migration crisis in Europe — everything has its reasons, said the President.

27.10.2015

Alexander Lukashenko gets acquainted with Belarus' latest military equipment
Alexander Lukashenko gets acquainted with Belarus' latest military equipment Modern weapons and personnel training. After visiting the 120th separate mechanized brigade of the North-Western Operational Command of the Armed Forces Alexander Lukashenko went to the test site, where he was shown the newest weapons and military equipment. Some 80 hectares of space allow throwing grenades, train sniper precision in almost all conditions, day and night.
Alexander Lukashenko visits 120th separate mechanized brigade of the North-Western Operational Command of the Armed Forces
Alexander Lukashenko visits 120th separate mechanized brigade of the North-Western Operational Command of the Armed Forces President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has visited the 120th separate mechanized brigade of the North-Western Operational Command of the Armed Forces. The unit was formed in the years of the Great Patriotic War, and today it is among the best in the country.  Soldiers are successfully solving tasks and improving combat skills, for which all conditions have been created. The reconstruction and improvement required BYR6 billion in 2015 alone.

26.10.2015

Belarus presents latest military industry developments for air defence
Belarus presents latest military industry developments for air defence Every year more than 25 units of special equipment and machinery goes into service in Belarus.   The airfield of the 61st Fighter Air Base has turned into a kind of exhibition hall. In addition to upgraded anti-aircraft missile systems and attack aviation some promising weaponry was also on display.  In particular, communication and enemy detection systems. 

21.10.2015

Russia, Belarus to create Union State armed defense mechanism
Russia, Belarus to create Union State armed defense mechanism Russia and Belarus will create a mechanism for the armed defense of the Union State in the next two years. This was agreed on October 21 by the military of the two countries. In Moscow, the sides set priorities for future cooperation, taking into account the realities of foreign policy. 

11.10.2015

Alexander Lukashenko about Russian airbase: Aircraft will not cool NATO heads. Unlike missiles
Alexander Lukashenko about Russian airbase: Aircraft will not cool NATO heads. Unlike missiles Belarus is bound by strategic partnership agreements in the military sphere. Within the framework of the CSTO, and, of course, the Union State. But Belarus has a special role: the geographical position requires the country to always keep powder dry. Alexander Lukashenko expressed his point of view about the Russia airbase.

06.10.2015

Belarus President dismisses allegations about Russia's military base
Belarus President dismisses allegations about Russia's military base At the opening of the 2nd Ring Road Belarusian Head of State Alexander Lukashenko talked with the representatives of labor collectives of road-building organizations and residents of Minsk region. Of course, he answered all their questions. Many questions now arise about the possible location in Belarus of a Russian airbase. Should one believe the information of some Russian media? The President says that one should not discuss this topic.

01.10.2015

Belarus Armed Forces taking part in CSTO peacekeeping forces' joint drills
Belarus Armed Forces taking part in CSTO peacekeeping forces' joint drills Indestructible Brotherhood 2015. The Armed Forces of Belarus have begun joint exercises of CSTO peacekeeping forces. The main purpose of training in Armenia is the preparation and conduct of peacekeeping operations in the Caucasus region. It is expected that special attention will be paid to improving combat coordination of peacekeeping contingents of the Organization of the Collective Security Treaty.
Dmitry Mironchik, Belarus' Foreign Ministry Spokesman
Belarus' stance on Russia's use of air force in Syria The increase in terrorist activity in the Middle East makes the topic of collective measures against terrorism even more important. The Belarusian Foreign Ministry today, October 1, commented on the position of our country in regard to the Russian Federation, which has started to use its armed forces in Syria. Belarus once again expresses support for the efforts of the international community in the fight against all manifestations of terrorism and extremism.

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