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This blog, Russia Military Analysis, contains an excellent summary of last year's large Vostok 2018 exercises held by Russia: https://russianmilitaryanalysis.wordpress.com/2018/09/28/assessing-vostok-2018/

 

Use the "PREVIOUS POST" navigation at the bottom of the linked article to work through the previous blogs on Vostok 2018 which provide an almost daily update on the course of the exercise: Day 7, Days 5-6, Day 4, Day 3, Day 2, Day 1 and Exercise Plan in reverse order.

 

What I found really interesting from the blogs and photos, beyond the analysis of the exercise itself, and what's relevant to Steel Beasts, is the equipment featured and the fact that many of the units involved continue to use T-72B1 (m.1985), BMP-2, BMD-2, ZSU-23-4, 2S1, 2S3 and BM-21, at least in the eastern military districts.  More modern equipment featured includes BTR-82A and 2S19 (both coming in 4.1) and T-72B3.  There isn't a mention or picture of a T-90 or BMP-3.  In many cases it seems you can look beyond Russia's signature equipment programmes, such as T-14 or even T-90, and reach straight back to late Cold War equipment even for contemporary scenarios...

 

I also found this very helpful resource on Russia's contemporary order of battle and geographic distribution if you're trying to visualise and understand the military districts and units involved in Vostok 2018 or more generally: https://www.dropbox.com/s/pnxxfx41cs5d3gq/Russia's Military Posture%3B Russian Ground Forces Order Of Battle_ISW_Mar18.pdf?dl=0

 

Cheers   

Edited by Panzer_Leader

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