President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev and President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko observed final phase of Zapad-2009 strategic exercises, held on Belarusian territory

The Presidents of Russia and Belarus became acquainted with the work of the allied command of the regional grouping and troop handling at the Obuz-Lesnovsky training ground in Belarus, as well as the mobile field operations centre, including the supplemental operations centre of the General Staff of the Russian Federation.

Next, Mr Medvedev and Mr Lukashenko observed the Russian 20th army brigade engaging in a counterattack.

The training allowed command staff to work out issues related to organising and regrouping defence administration staff and troops within Russia's Armed Forces on Belarusian territory. They were also able to address the challenges of employing troops when localising and liquidating armed conflicts, dealing with natural disasters, and providing security to the Russian-Belarusian alliance.

Following the military exercises, Presidents Medvedev and Lukashenko toured the military aviation base at Baranavichy and looked at new military equipment manufactured in Belarus, such as a tactical command centre module that interfaces with various computer equipment within Russia's Armed Forces.

The Presidents watched a demonstration of Air Force and Air Defence technologies. The leaders were particularly interested in developmental prototypes of unmanned aircraft capable of transmitting surveillance information, as well as the Sprut fighter command point and guidance control. With its help, the Air Force can simultaneously target 12 groups of 12 planes each, from both the Russian and Belarusian air forces.

Mr Medvedev and Mr Lukashenko also conducted a troop review and awarded special watches to 54 Russian and Belarusian service members.



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