Russia, Belarus and Serbia completed the final stage of the ‘Slavic Brotherhood-2018’ joint military drills in Krasnodar Region. The combined task force was highly appreciated by the commands from the participating states and defence attachés from 42 countries invited as observers. The Slavic Brotherhood 2018 joint tactical drills were carried out at the Rayevsky training ground in the Krasnodarsky Krai on June 18 – 28. The paratroopers of Russia, Belarus and Serbia worked out special actions on preparing of combined task force for peace-making and counterterrorism tasks.
For the first time, the Slavic Brotherhood was held as regimental manoeuvres. They became the largest international manoeuvres of the Russian Airborne Troops in 2018. Russia was represented in this exercise by a reinforced battalion of the Airborne Forces’ Kuban Cossack Airborne Regiment 700 troops strong. The event involves also over 250 servicemen from the Belarusian Special Operations Forces, and about 50 servicemen from the Serbian special battalion.
Besides, short-range and army aviation of the Southern Military District, as well as Il-76MD aircraft of the Russian Military Transport Aviation were involved in the exercise. For the first time, the exercise used new models of military hardware and armaments – BMD-4M airborne combat vehicles, BTR-MDM Rakushka armoured personnel carriers, Rys armoured automobiles, T-72B tanks, Infauna EW complex, which are in service of units of the Airborne Troops, as well as Aistenok radar complexes.