Belarusian Air Defense unit trains in Brest Oblast


A unit of the 115th Air Defense Missile Regiment of the Belarusian army completed a tactical exercise in the training area of Brestsky. The field exercise was one of the steps in preparations for the Belarusian-Russian strategic army exercise Zapad 2021.
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A unit of the 115th Air Defense Missile Regiment of the Belarusian army completed a tactical exercise in the training area of Brestsky.  (Picture source: BelTA)


The Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus consist of the Ground Forces, the Air and Air Defence Forces, all under the command of the Republic of Belarus Ministry of Defence. Being a landlocked country, Belarus has no navy. In 2017 the London-based IISS estimated that personnel in the armed forces numbered 48,000. Most soldiers are conscripts serving for a period of 18 months, although there is an alternative service option. Belarus conducted military reforms in the 2000s which have reshaped its armed forces as a relatively effective force for a small state in somewhat difficult economic conditions.

Air Force and Air Defence Forces

In 2007, the Air Force and Air Defence Force of Belarus consisted of 18,170 personnel (two fighter/interceptor bases, four FGA/reconnaissance squadrons, one transport air base, training aircraft, and attack and support helicopters, SAM units). In 2004, Air Force equipment included 260 fighter-ground attack/training aircraft and 80 attack helicopters. According to Belarus government websites, the Air Forces now have two commands: the Western Operational-Tactical Command and the North-Western Operational-Tactical Command.

The 61st and 927th Air Bases have now merged into the 61st (fighter) Air Base at Baranovichi, flying MiG-29s, and the 206th Air Base (Ross) has merged into the 116th Guards Assault Air Base at Lida, flying Su-25s.


 

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