Tajik-Afghan border observes Russian-Tajik-Uzbek exercise

By Monitoring Desk
Wednesday – August 11, 2021
MOSCOW (Russia): The main stage of the joint Russia-Tajikistan-Uzbekistan military exercise took place, on Tuesday, at the Harb-Maidon training ground, located in the south of Tajikistan, 20 kilometres (km) from the Tajikistan-Afghanistan border.

According to press releases, during the main stage of the joint exercise, Russian crews of Su-25 attack aircraft provided fire support for motorised rifle and tank units, as well as air cover for the airborne assault.

Pilots took off from the Gissar airfield and, using more than 350 unguided C-8 air-to-surface missiles, launched group air strikes against ground targets.

Russian servicemen of nuclear, biological and chemical (NBC) protection troops using jet infantry flamethrowers Shmel destroyed mock militants.

The servicemen of the motorised rifle units of the three countries, with the support of artillery and aviation, conducted a joint operation to block and destroy mock illegal armed formations.

Support and cover for the actions of motorised riflemen from the air was provided by Russian Su-25 attack aircraft, Mi-24 attack helicopters of the army aviation of the Russian aerospace forces (RAF) and the Tajik air force (TAF), as well as L-39 aircraft of the air force and air defence of Tajikistan.

Crews of multiple launch rocket systems Grad and Uragan, motorised rifle units of three countries on armoured personnel carriers BTR-82A, BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicles, reinforced by crews of T-72 tanks, as well as servicemen of a special purpose unit took part in the destruction of groups of mock terrorists.

In total, more than 2.5 thousand military personnel were involved in tactical actions from the three countries and about 500 units of weapons and military equipment were involved.

The basis of the Russian military contingent were the units of the 201st military base, including mountain motorised rifle, tank, artillery units, as well as groups of a special separate special purpose unit of the central military district (CMD).

In total, about 1.8 thousand servicemen and more than 420 pieces of weapons and military equipment were involved in the exercises.

The joint exercise of Russia, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan took place against the background of the destabilisation of the situation in neighbouring Afghanistan in order to work out the issues of repelling possible threats and practical interaction to ensure security and maintain stability in the Central Asian region.

At the end of the main stage of the exercise, servicemen of motorised rifle units of Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, with the support of artillery and aviation, defeated mock illegal armed formation that crossed the state border in southern Tajikistan.

The participants of the exercise practiced joint manoeuvring actions on difficult terrain, deploying a communications and command system, and interaction of subunits in a single operational environment.

Coordinated joint actions to neutralise the expanding range of challenges and threats to military security and conflict potential along the perimeter of the borders of the collective security treaty organisation (CSTO) will be a series of joint CSTO exercises on collective security, which will be held by the end of this year on the territory of Tajikistan and Russia.

Increasing the combat training of units and military units of friendly states, strengthening interaction and developing common approaches to solving the tasks of combating international terrorism will create a reliable defence potential that is able to withstand modern security challenges and threats in Central Asia, including in the Afghan direction.

On July 6 this year in Uzbekistan, at the Termez training ground near the border with Afghanistan, an active phase of the Russian-Uzbek tactical exercise South 2021 took place.

The military of the two countries learned to interact with each other in repelling an attack by militant detachments that broke through the border, and demonstrated their readiness to jointly confront challenges and threats on the southern borders of the commonwealth of independent states (CIS).