The Russian Su-35S fighter jets will take part in joint combat readiness check in Belarus, the Russian defence minister confirmed on Wednesday.
Last week Russia also sent two S-400 air defense systems to Belarus with the same purpose – to take part in the joint combat readiness check.
The military drill planned to be held in Belarus includes the Russian fighter jets. According to the Russian defence ministry, on Wednesday Su-35S fighter jets were sent to Belarus for upcoming exercises.
In its statement, the ministry noted the aircraft will take part in the combat readiness check of the Union State – an organization comprising Russia and Belarus – without specifying how many planes will take part in the drill.
The Russian and Belarus armies will take part in the combat readiness check that consists of two phases. The first phase will last until Feb. 9, and the troops will be redeployed to Belarus and a joint military group will be created to protect important state and military facilities, as well as the air border.
The phase Two is a joint exercise called Allied Determination 2022. It will last until Feb 20 and will involve work on issues of suppressing and repelling external aggression, protecting the interests of the Union State, as well as countering terrorism.