Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces and First Deputy Defence Minister Valery Gerasimov observed the exercise together with the President.
The concept of the Vostok-2022 strategic command post exercise stipulates various operations involving inter-branch and coalition forces in the interests of maintaining the security of the Russian Federation in the Eastern Military District’s zone of responsibility.
The exercise is taking place on September 1–7, and its participants are practicing simulated defensive and offensive operations at seven training centres of the Eastern Military District, including Burduny, Goryachiye Klyuchi, Knyaze-Volkonsky, Lagunnoye, Sergeyevsky, Telemba and Uspenovsky, as well as in remote and coastal areas of the Okhotsk Sea and the Sea of Japan.
Joint operations involve coalition forces, including troop contingents and observers from member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation, the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, as well as those from Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, the People’s Republic of China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Syria and Tajikistan.
In all, the simulated combat operations involve over 50,000 service personnel, over 5,000 pieces of weapons and military equipment, including 140 aircraft, 60 warships, speedboats and support vessels.
Upon his arrival at the training ground, the President held a meeting with the Defence Ministry leadership and representatives of the leading defence industry enterprises.