Zapad - should we fret this September?

By 21 September, Russia will have...

  • invaded Ukraine from the north

    Votes: 1 2.1%
  • launched an operation into the Suwałki gap from Belarus

    Votes: 1 2.1%
  • done a Crimea somewhere in the neighbourhood

    Votes: 2 4.3%
  • stayed behind in Belarus whether Minsk likes it or not

    Votes: 8 17.0%
  • calmly carried off the exercise as planned and gone home saying "what's all the fuss about?"

    Votes: 35 74.5%

  • Total voters
    47
  • Poll closed .
#62
#63
Putin to watch parachute drop, part of war games that have rattled West
Putin's off to watch a parachute drop. 450 blokes plus kit doesn't seem a great deal, bearing in mind how many airborne troops and kit they do have. I'm surprised he hasn't got a picture of himself leaping out of an Antonov bare chested etc. either.
I expect the "Exercise Control"/ Directing Staff, are really, REALLY, pleased with that visit, on top of everything else that can/will go wrong ;) .
 
#64
I expect the "Exercise Control"/ Directing Staff, are really, REALLY, pleased with that visit, on top of everything else that can/will go wrong ;) .
I bet. I also think Reuters need to update their info as according to the Russian Defence Ministry it's 4.500 para's:
Operational airborne landing to take place within Zapad 2017 main stage : Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation
The paratroopers together with combat hardware hopped on the Il-76 cargo airplanes at the air field in the Pskov region to airlift and land on the training area.

Air defense units and jet fighters are to cover the ten cargo airplanes during the flight.

The 4,500 paratroopers and nine pieces of military hardware will be airdropped at a new limited platform behind mock enemy lines.

After landing, the blue berets will perform tasks to block maneuver illegal armed formational, raid behind enemy lines, eliminated most critical objects and command posts of the mock enemy.
I won't amend Antonov to read Ilyushin ;)
 
#65
Putin to watch parachute drop, part of war games that have rattled West
Putin's off to watch a parachute drop. 450 blokes plus kit doesn't seem a great deal, bearing in mind how many airborne troops and kit they do have. I'm surprised he hasn't got a picture of himself leaping out of an Antonov bare chested etc. either.

........and without a parachute, and when he lands there will be a massive shock wave and a crater the size of the Gulf of Mexico but he will still survive and take on NATO single handed.
 
#66
........and without a parachute, and when he lands there will be a massive shock wave and a crater the size of the Gulf of Mexico but he will still survive and take on NATO single handed.
:) I had him down as doing an 'El Macho' from Despicable Me. Riding a shark into the mouth of a volcano with explosives strapped to him:
 
#68
Reuters need to update their info as according to the Russian Defence Ministry it's 4.500 para's:
It seems they've done so by removing the numbers altogether. Unsurprisingly, since the Russian story has 4,500 men dropped by 10 aircraft. Which is in keeping with the general reliability of figures for the whole thing.
 
#69
It seems they've done so by removing the numbers altogether. Unsurprisingly, since the Russian story has 4,500 men dropped by 10 aircraft. Which is in keeping with the general reliability of figures for the whole thing.
I noticed that re their figures. Maybe they read my comment :)

I also noticed the 'ten cargo planes' being escorted but to be frank, I thought they would be doing shuttles. A big drop whilst Putin is there and then air landing some and parachuting others. As you say though, none of the figures seem to be adding up.
 
#71
Re the airdrop, if the weather in Western Russia was anything like what we had in Latvia yesterday, you would have to be one ballsy bloke to make the jump, absolutely torrential day for nearly 24 hours.
 
#73
#78
Putin to watch parachute drop, part of war games that have rattled West
Putin's off to watch a parachute drop. 450 blokes plus kit doesn't seem a great deal, bearing in mind how many airborne troops and kit they do have. I'm surprised he hasn't got a picture of himself leaping out of an Antonov bare chested etc. either.
........and without a parachute, and when he lands there will be a massive shock wave and a crater the size of the Gulf of Mexico but he will still survive and take on NATO single handed.
Is it true that Chuck Norris has a Vladimir Putin Action Figure?

 
#79

Just home from work and took a glance at this...

No Armata in the first 6 minutes... Happy to be corrected.
Lots of focus on vehicle recovery AND, a mechanic hands deep in a gleaming engine with clean hands... I wish I could do that trick on my Vespa. Also, in the first shots, he is not only carrying a personal weapon but also note the lack of NBC kit.
 

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