Russian tank drills at NATO’s eastern border – the Kaliningrad Exclave (photos)

On September 9th, the Russian Ministry of Defense published photographs presenting an exercise of the tank crews of the Baltic Fleet. It took place on NATO’s “Eastern Border” in the Kaliningrad region.

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Posted by Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation on Monday, September 9, 2019

The photographs show the training of the 11th separate tank regiment of the 11th Army Corps of the Baltic Fleet deployed in Gusev, Kaliningrad Region, formed in 2018.

The regiment is equipped with modernized T-72B3 tanks and BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicles delivered to the Kaliningrad Region.

In recent days, it appears that the Russian Armed Forces are either receiving some brand new battle tanks or are organizing tank trainings.

Examples include:

In accordance with the plan for the rearmament of the units of the Navy’s Coastal Forces with modern models of military equipment, the Primorsky Marine Corps of the Pacific Fleet received T-80BV battle tanks;
Tank crews of a motorized rifle formation of the Southern Military District at the Prudboy training range fired at long range from a cannon of the T-90A tank at emerging and moving targets as part of a bilateral tactical training company in the Volgograd Region;

Tank crews of the Southern Military District performed live firing at the Kadamovsky training ground in the Rostov Region. Tankers fired from the cannons of the T-72B3 tanks with a standard projectile, as well as from a large-caliber anti-aircraft machine gun at emerging and moving targets that simulate a moving tank, anti-tank grenade launcher and recoilless artillery gun of a conventional enemy from a place and a move, at distances from 300 to 2000 m.

These developments are likely connected to the holiday of Russian tank personnel, which is customarily celebrated on the second Sunday of September, which was the 7th this year.

The holiday was established by Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of July 1st, 1946 to commemorate the great merits of armored and mechanized forces in the defeat of the Nazi invaders during the Great Patriotic War, as well as the merits of tank builders in equipping the country’s Armed Forces with armored vehicles.