The next joint operational-strategic exercise of the Collective Security Treaty Organization "Combat Brotherhood-2018", which took place for a month in the territories of Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, has come to an end.

Large-scale maneuvers included the reconnaissance units of the armed forces of the CSTO Poisk-2018 member states, the CSTO CRRF Inter-Action 2018 exercises, the CSTO Indestructible Brotherhood-2018 Peacekeeping Forces and collective rapid deployment forces of the Central Asian region of the CSTO. Frontier-2018 ”, as well as the first exercise of the Collective Air Force of the CSTO“ Air Bridge ”. In this article we will try to move away from the traditional format of the CSTO combat training story and look at the key events and their significance for security integration.

Two thousand CSTO CRRF troops during the “Interaction-2018” exercise in Kyrgyzstan plan and work out a joint operation to localize an armed conflict



    October 11, 2018, in the Kyrgyz Republic, at the training ground of the Edelweiss training center of the Armed Forces of Kyrgyzstan, within the framework of a command and staff exercise with military contingents of the Collective Operational Response Forces of the CSTO “Interaction-2018”, the CSTO Commander of the CRRF was heard to use the created group in a joint operation on the localization of the armed conflict in the Central Asian region.
  The event, held in the field headquarters of the exercise management, was attended by Deputy Secretary General of the CSTO Piotr Tsikhanouski, Chief of the Joint Staff of the CSTO Colonel-General Anatoly Sidorov, Deputy Commander of the Central Military District of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation Lieutenant General Yuri Petrov as well as an intermediary apparatus, which included representatives of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, the CSTO Joint Staff and ARIAT CSTO.



   The report was carried out by Colonel Yuri Lobanov, Commander of the CSTO CRRF. He gave a detailed account of the action plan, where the main efforts of the CSTO units of the CRRF and the ways of accomplishing their tasks will be concentrated.

ZVF_7619.JPGColonel Yuri Lobanov paid special attention to the order of interaction of the troops in solving the tasks set and determined the tasks for combat, material, technical and other types of support.

The decision reported to the commander of the CSTO CRRF was approved by the leadership of the exercise.
At the same time, the planning of the comprehensive support of the joint operation continued at the command post of the CSTO CRRF, combat orders were sent to the CSTOR CRRF units.

   The military contingents of the CSTO CRRF carry out exits to the specified areas and conduct training at the stage of practical actions of the upcoming combat firing exercise. In particular, during the working out of one of the episodes of the operation, the Forpost unmanned aerial vehicles were involved, with their help the “promotion” of the main forces of the “militants” to the border of the conditional state of Kyzylstan, a member of the CSTO, was discovered. A preemptive airstrike was inflicted on them by two Tu-22M3 bombers of the Russian Federation, Su-25 attack aircraft and MI-24 helicopters.

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The command and staff exercise with military contingents of the Collective Rapid Reaction Forces of the CSTO “Interaction-2018” involved about 2,000 military personnel, 300 pieces of equipment, about 40 aircraft, including UAVs. The 

maneuvers in the Kyrgyz Republic are carried out in the framework of the unified 
plan of the operational-strategic exercise of the CSTO "Combat Brotherhood-2018".


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