Russia to Practice Interoperability with Belarus

8 June 2009 (Last Updated June 8th, 2009 18:30)

Russia plans to position two full-sized armies in Belarus for large-scale military interoperability exercises following the signing of the Belarusian-Russian integrated air defence system, according to a report on defencetalk.com. The exercises, which will be held in September, will invol

Russia plans to position two full-sized armies in Belarus for large-scale military interoperability exercises following the signing of the Belarusian-Russian integrated air defence system, according to a report on defencetalk.com.

The exercises, which will be held in September, will involve more than 60,000 soldiers and include two large-scale drills. They will involve units from three military districts, the report said.

The exercises are a part of ongoing military reforms to restructure the military command and control system from a four-tier (military district - army - division - regiment) to a three-tier structure (military district - operational command - brigade).