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19 Sep 2017

Wearable computers in action in Belarusian-Russian army exercise Zapad 2017

MOSCOW, 19 September (BelTA) – Russian recon units worked together with Belarusian army units in order to complete training missions using the reconnaissance, control, and communication systems Strelets in the Borisovsky exercise area as part of the Belarusian-Russian strategic army exercise Zapad 2017, BelTA learned from representatives of the Information and Mass Communications Department of the Russian Defense Ministry.

The scouts were fitted with Strelets wearable computers to march for 20km behind enemy lines. They had to find out where the enemy’s armored units, command posts, fuel and ammunition depots are located as well as the railway stations where the enemy’s army units detrain. The wearable computers allowed the scouts to feed precise targeting data to artillery units and aviation. The scouts also looked for and neutralized sabotage and reconnaissance forces, uncovered caches of ammunition and weapons, posted lookouts, observers, and sniper pairs, and had to equip and camouflage silent positions.

The reconnaissance, control, and communication system Strelets is designed for managing troops in combat. It can identify objects, calculate their coordinates, and upload the data for precise and effective firing solutions.

A Strelets wearable computer consists of an operational control module, a sensor to track the soldier’s life functions, a multifunctional module that explores the full capability of the wearable computer, a headset with active noise cancellation and soft sound enhancement, a satellite navigation module, and a squad communication module. All the components are resistant to shock, water, and can operate in temperatures varying from 40C below zero to 60C above zero. A Strelets wearable computer system can use several accumulators and contains a charger. The individual navigation and the group navigation functions rely on the GLONASS system.

The Belarusian-Russian strategic army exercise Zapad 2017 began on 14 September to end on 20 September. In Belarus the regular army exercise areas Lepelsky, Borisovsky, Losvido, Osipovichsky, and the Air Force exercise areas Ruzhansky and Domanovo are used for the exercise in addition to two regular sectors of terrain in Vitebsk Oblast — Dretun and Glubokoye. In Russia the army exercise areas Luzhsky, Strugi Krasnyye, and Pravdinsky in Kaliningrad Oblast, Leningrad Oblast, and Pskov Oblast are used for the exercise.

Some 12,700 military personnel are taking part in the Zapad 2017 exercise. About 10,200 personnel are deployed in Belarus (slightly more than 7,000 people from Belarus and about 3,000 troops from Russia). The Belarusian part of the exercise will also involve a total of 370 armored vehicles, including about 140 combat tanks. Up to 150 artillery units and multiple-launch rocket systems, over 40 aircraft and helicopters will be deployed as well.


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