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“Peace Mission-2018”

From August 22 to August 29 in Chebarkul, Chelyabinsk region, a joint military antiterrorist command and staff exercise of the armed states members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization “Peace Mission 2018” was held. In August, more than 3,000 servicemen and more than 500 units of equipment, including aircraft, arrived in Chelyabinsk Region.

The military echelons came non-stop from August 15 on railway lines. At the same time, airplanes of the SCO countries flew to the airfield Shagol. The first to arrive were Indians and Chinese.

It should be noted that the military command, the ground forces and aviation of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Republic of Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Russian Federation, the People’s Liberation Army of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), as well as the Republic of India, the Islamic Republic Pakistan. Representatives of the Republic of Uzbekistan participated as observers.

Traditionally they were met with bread and salt.

Chinese guests are happy to meet.

The administration of the air base welcomes the Chinese guests cordially. The Major General personally welcomes all arrivals.

Later the fighter and assault aviation of the PLA air force arrived on Su-27SK, J-11 and Xian JH-7 aircraft.

Xian JH-7


Arrival of the Kazakhstan Air Force. In the exercises on the part of Kazakhstan, such aircrafts as Casa C295, Su-30SM and Su-25 were involved.

The active phase of the exercises of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) “Peace Mission – 2018” kicked off on Wednesday at a training ground in the Chelyabinsk region.

At the air base at full speed the preparation for flight of aviation is going on.

At the same time the landing force of the Indian Republic is working out until the automatic action during the departure of the aircraft.

Airplanes of the PLA air force are put on alert.

At 11 local time, the helicopters of the PLA Mi-171E and WZ-10 helicopters, the attack helicopter produced by the PRC, are the first to leave for the test site.

Next is the assault and fighter aircraft of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and the SCO countries.

The Su-24M takes off with 2 tons of FAB500 aerial bombs.



In the end – aviation of the Air Force of the Air Forces of the People’s Liberation Army, India, Russia and Kazakhstan.

From the Russian side, more than 1,300 servicemen and 330 pieces of equipment are involved, including 37 aviation units.

At the same time, the heads of the SCO General Staff arrived at the test site.

First Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation, Army General Gerasimov was acquainted with the details of the exercises. During the exercise, preparation and conduct of joint actions by units, military units and formations of the armed forces of the member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization were being worked out.

The layout of the landfill shows the plan of action during the exercises, each participant has its own role. The main objectives of this exercise are to improve the management, coherence of the actions of uniting the troops in the preparation of a joint anti-terrorist operation, the mutual mastery of the basic tactical methods and methods of action to ensure the activities of the troops grouping under the leadership of a joint military command body.

During the exercises, the work of long-range strategic aviation was also shown on Tu-95MS and Tu-22M3 aircraft, dropping bombs on the range.

In the meantime, the conventional opponents were already firmly entrenched in the town; Black flags of terrorists who captured the key infrastructure of the town.

Aviation of the RF Armed Forces and the SCO countries struck at the enemy.

During the active phase of the exercises, it was possible to observe the reconnaissance and strike fire circuit, the fight against “jihad mobiles” and “tank carousel”, which was first used at the training of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

“Tank carousel” against jihad mobile is a huge experience in the fight against the ISIS group, banned in Russia, acquired during the operation in Syria”, said Lieutenant-General Alexander Lapin, commander of the troops of the Central Military District. We had something to show and what to teach our military colleagues in the SCO.

“The enemy’s firing system, where we used all means of reconnaissance, control and communication to unite and tie up, creating such a combined reconnaissance and strike fire contour. During the exercises, this system allowed the enemy to be defeated, both on distant and near approaches. handed over to our partners”. The commander also added that in the active phase of the exercise, destruction of unmanned aerial vehicles in the shock version was demonstrated.

Mi-24 and WZ-10 cover the landing from Mi-171 helicopters of the PLA and the Russian Federation.

“The scale of the exercises is that for the first time military contingents of the Republic of India and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan took part in our exercises. It is also important that Uzbekistan sent its representatives to these exercises”.

We see how threats of terrorist activity are growing all over the world, geopolitical risks are exacerbating and we need to take retaliatory measures, the commander added.

It should also be noted that during the exercises participants of the “Peace Mission 2018” worked out an information and psychological attack on conditional insurgents. Information leaflets with calls for surrender were dropped from the Mi-8MTV-5 helicopter of the Russian Armed Forces to the occupied settlement “terrorists”. “Militants” received an SMS message with a proposal to lay down their arms. The dispatch of “terrorists” to mobile phones was made with the help of a drone “Leer-3”.

After the refusal to surrender, the assault began.

During the assault there were also wounded men, their safety and transportation to the hospital was provided by a group of medical specialists of the Russian Armed Forces.

The anti-terrorist doctrine “Peace Mission-2018” became the most ambitious for all time of carrying out such maneuvers. In total, more than 3,000 servicemen, more than 500 pieces of equipment and weapons, and about 20 drones were involved.

As a result of the exercises, the SCO military leaders demonstrated an exhibition of weapons and equipment.

Anton Harisov, Evgeniy Baldin