The Belarusian-Russian tactical army exercises Union Shield 2015 will be held in Russia on September 10-16.
The drills are aimed at improving the operational compatibility of the staffs at different levels; developing cohesion between the systems of managing troops and weapons; developing skills of commanders and staffs in controlling troops (forces) during high-maneuver military actions across a broad front.
The concept of the exercises was developed by general staffs of the armed forces of the two countries with the assistance of the staff of the Western Military District of Russia. The drills are purely defensive, the Russian Ministry of Defence notes. Modern approaches to the use of troops (forces) during high-maneuver military actions across a broad front, results of joint operational training efforts and the need to constantly improve the systems of managing troops and weapons at different levels are named as priorities of the exercises.
The exercises will have two stages. Military administration bodies and the troops will have practice at training ranges in Russia. Tactical episodes will be based on variants of joint actions of Belarusian and Russian army units of the regional group of troops.
A number of joint operational events have been carried out to prepare military administration bodies for the exercises. Special attention was drawn to polishing the operational compatibility of the staffs, evaluating the quality of cohesion between the systems of managing troops and weapons, as well as developing the guidelines for employing the forces.