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RF West Military District commander to watch Bundeswehr exercise

June 04, 2012, 15:21 UTC+3

At the range the Russian commander will observe tactical manoeuvres of the German troops

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MOSCOW, June 4 (Itar-Tass) — The commander of the Russian Western Military District (ZVO), Colonel-General Arkady Bakhin on Monday flew to Germany on a working visit during which he will visit the largest and most modern range of the German armed forces. At the range the Russian commander will observe tactical manoeuvres of the German troops, each participant in which has a mini-computer with a GPS transmitter, the commander’s assistant Colonel Andrei Bobrun told Itar-Tass.

“On Tuesday, the Russian delegation led by Colonel-General Bakhin will visit the German Army Combat Training Centre in Letzlingen, which is located 50 kilometres from Magdeburg,” Bobrun said.

“At the combat training centre representatives of the Russian delegation will be demonstrated the order of fitting out of the personnel and preparation of the armaments and military equipment for tactical exercises with the use of modern technologies,” said Bobrun. “In particular, at the centre of fire simulators installation the Russian delegation will be shown the order of installing of various systems and sensors on armaments and military equipment. On the same day the Bundeswehr military will conduct at the range tactical exercises, which will be observed by the Russian delegation from the operations centre, which displays all the information from the battlefield. “

The peculiarity of the German Army Combat Training Centre is that during exercises each soldier has a mini-computer with a GPS transmitter, which registers all actions of the riflemen and grenade launcher operators on the battlefield. The operations centre always has information about each soldier’s whereabouts and where and how they shoot. The military equipage for war games is military fatigues, equipped with sensors for receiving laser signal, communication systems, a computer with an information display. Similar devices are installed on military equipment. Computer analysis of what is happening on the battlefield shows the level of individual and collective training of the drill participants.

The Russian delegation will also visit a number of units of the German Armed Forces at which a display of military outfit of a Bundeswehr soldier communication means, as well as weapons and military equipment of the ground forces will be organised for it. The delegation will be familiarised with conditions of accommodation and everyday living of soldiers, including in the field.

On June 6, Colonel-General Arkady Bakhin will hold a working meeting with Commander of Bundeswehr Operations Command Lieutenant-General Rainer Glatz.

The visit of the Russian ZVO commander to Germany will last until June 7.

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