ZAPAD/INTERACTION-2021: Russia and China began practical actions

At the Qingtongxia training ground of the Chinese People's  Liberation Army, located in the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China, started practicing joint practical actions of Russian-Chinese operational-strategic exercise Sibu/Interaction 2021 (ZAPAD/INTERACTION-2021, 西部·联合-2021).

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During the events, the military of the two countries deployed the forces of a joint grouping in a given area, organized reconnaissance in order to identify fortified points of a conditional enemy, and also worked out individual episodes of the active part of the exercise, which includes, among other things, the conduct of a ground-air anti-terrorist operation.

The international counter terrorist exercise, which is being held for the first time in this region of the PRC, has involved motorized rifle subunits of one of the associations of the Eastern Military District, Su-30SM aircraft of the Air Force and Air Defence Forces of the Eastern MD, as well as officers of the command staff.

A feature of this exercise is that the servicemen of the Russian military contingent practice their tasks on the armored vehicles of the PLA land forces.

Earlier, in preparation for the joint exercise, the military personnel of the two countries conducted joint training in driving combat vehicles and tanks of the land forces of the People's Liberation Army of China and performed artillery fire at targets simulating artillery pieces and fortified firing points of a mock enemy.


The total number of troops (forces) taking part in the joint exercise will be about 10 thousand people.

The purpose of Russian-Chinese operational-strategic exercise Sibu/Interaction 2021 (ZAPAD/INTERACTION-2021, 西部·联合-2021) is to consolidate and develop the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership between China and Russia in a new era, deepen the pragmatic cooperation and traditional friendship between the two militaries, and further demonstrate the determination and ability of the two sides to combat their forces in terrorism and jointly maintain regional peace and security.

Source - Ministry of Defence of Russian Federation

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