Gen. Sergey Shoygu, Russian Defence Minister, announced in a media conference call in Moscow last week that, “more than two thousand eight hundred tactical, special tactical and command staff exercises are planned for the current year. In September, we will hold the Russian-Belarusian strategic exercise West-2017.”
Units from all three services, he said, have begun, “working out issues of teamwork as a part of the battalion and company tactical groups,” and that pilot training is taking place across a broad spectrum of individual, paired and detachment exercises. Since the start of the winter training period, the collective aircrew training community in the armed forces has already flown 14% of its allotted flight hours for the year. On and beneath the water, naval vessels and submarine crews have already completed 16% of their annual training serials.
Shoygu emphasised the need for unit commanders to leverage the recent experience gained in Syria during combat training.