Visit to 120th independent mechanized brigade

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Commander-in-Chief of the Belarusian Armed Forces, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko visited the 120th independent mechanized brigade the Northwestern Operational Command of the Belarusian army on 27 October where he was made familiar with samples of modernized weapons and military hardware.

The head of state was informed about the organization and personnel structure, the deployment of the brigade, the fulfillment of the government program on accomplishing military camps, and about the organization of combat training sessions using modern computerized simulators. The President was interested in learning about the effectiveness of personnel training using the simulators. According to Belarusian Defense Minister Andrei Ravkov, the method is truly effective and allows reducing the cost of personnel training.

After that Aleksandr Lukashenko examined the combat glory room where the history of the 120th independent mechanized brigade is recorded. He left a note in the visitors book to encourage the brigade personnel to live up to the glorious deeds committed by their fellow soldiers in the past. “The people of Belarus has entrusted us with the country’s security, with the peace and tranquility in the Belarusian land,” noted the Belarus President. “You have to measure up to this trust with your military service in the name of the fatherland’s prosperity.”

The head of state also visited one of the barracks to learn about the living standards available to the military personnel. The quarters have been repaired and now offer good conditions to the soldiers.

Changing his itinerary on the fly, Aleksandr Lukashenko went to the canteen for enlisted personnel where he examined the available conditions and food. He also examined the medical division of the brigade.

At the firing range the President was made familiar with the military hardware, combat uniforms, loadouts and firearms that will be put into service in Belarusian mechanized brigades.

Aleksandr Lukashenko was also made familiar with the performance parameters of pistols and other firearms now used by the Belarusian army, including historic relics of the Civil War and the Great Patriotic War. The military personnel demonstrated tactical shooting using modern Belarus-made optical sights.