Several military aircraft landed on the Minsk-Mahiliou motorway on Friday as part of the tactical air force exercise in the run-up to the Belarusian-Russian war game Zapad-2017.
“For the first time ever an An-26 transport aircraft has landed on a highway strip. With ten-minute intervals it was followed by pairs of Su-25 attack aircraft, Yak-130 combat and training aircraft, and MiG-29 jet fighters of the Belarusian army, which needed two passes to finally land. The airfield-grade part of the Minsk-Mogilev motorway is 24 meters wide and 3.1km long. Using parts of motorways as backup airfields was practiced as part of the tactical air force exercise in the run-up to the Belarusian-Russian strategic army exercise Zapad 2017,” state-run news agency BelTA reports.
As it appears from the BelTA report, only Belarusian military took part in the operation on the Minsk-Mahiliou motorway. However, Dzmitry Kavalhin, an activist of the United Civic Party, saw dozens of military vehicles under the Russian flag on the motorway on Thursday.
На могилёвской трассе десятки единиц военной техники, палатки, развивается российский флаг… Прямой широкий участок дор…
ІІ, belsat.eu; photos by BelTA