Belarusian Defense Ministry beefs up air defense duty forces, teams up with Russia for air patrols

The Belarusian Defense Ministry has decided to reinforce the air defense duty units in addition to arranging joint patrols with the Russian Aerospace Forces….

The Defense Ministry said: “Due to more frequent flights of various kinds of aviation near the Belarusian border and for the sake of preventing violations of the state border in air space a decision has been made in favor of reinforcing the air defense duty units and arranging joint patrols of the state border in air space by the aviation of the Air Force and Air Defense Command of the Armed Forces of Belarus and the Aerospace Forces of the Russian Federation.”

A mixed tactical patrol group flew along the state border on 25 November. The group included Belarusian and Russian multirole fighter jets Su-30SM.

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Russian, Belarusian Su-30SM fighters perform joint air patrol over Belarus’s state border

The Belarusian Defense Ministry reported on Thursday that a decision was made to ramp up air defense quick reaction alert forces and carry out joint air patrols with Russian combat aircraft along the republic’s state border.

“In the wake of increasingly frequent cases of the flights by various aircraft near the state border of the Republic of Belarus and for the purpose of preventing the violation of the border in the airspace, a decision has been made to build up air defense quick reaction alert forces and carry out joint air patrols of the state border by the aircraft of the Air Force and Air Defense Troops of the Republic of Belarus and the Aerospace Force of the Russian Federation,” the ministry said….

As the Belarusian Defense Ministry reported earlier, its radio-technical and radar reconnaissance systems register a constant increase in the intensity of flights by NATO spy and combat planes along the state border of Belarus, including in Ukraine’s airspace. The flights by these aircraft have actually doubled lately and the number of US planes engaged in these operations has risen by 50%, the ministry specified.