A joint bilateral exercise of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Tajikistan, which took place from April 3 to April 7, 2023, near the border with Afghanistan, ended at the mountain-desert training ground Harb-Maidon located in the Khatlon region of Tajikistan.
During the final stage, the military contingents of Russia and Tajikistan worked out the issues of conducting combat operations by units of joint forces to block and destroy combat groups and detachments of an illegal armed formation, as well as conducting combat and special operations to restore the state border.
The basis of the Russian contingent was the servicemen of the Central Military District from the 201st military base. When drawing tactical episodes, armored personnel carriers BTR-80, BTR-82, BMP-2, T-72 tanks, self-propelled artillery installations “Acacia” and “Carnation”, as well as multiple launch rocket systems BM-21 “Grad” were widely used. From the air, the combined group of troops was supported by the crews of Mi-8 transport and combat helicopters and Mi-24 attack helicopters. The total number of military personnel of the two countries participating in the exercise amounted to over 1,200 people. More than 250 units of military and special equipment, including aviation equipment and UAVs, were also involved.
At the closing ceremony of the exercises, the most distinguished servicemen were presented with valuable gifts and medals “For Strengthening the Combat Commonwealth” from the hands of the representative of the command of the Central Military District, Major General Sergey Pimenkov and the Minister of Defense of the Republic of Tajikistan, Colonel General Sherali Mirzo. The closing ceremony ended with a traditional concert of the Song and Dance Ensemble of the Central Military District.