GRODNO, 30 November (BelTA) – New hardware of Belarusian make was handed over to the 74th Independent Communications Regiment of the Western Operational Command during a solemn ceremony in Grodno on 30 November, BelTA has learned.
The new hardware units include radio relay stations Sosna 2 and Tsitrus as well as other kinds of necessary equipment. A communications battalion will use the new hardware. The new hardware allows building a radio relay grid across the entire responsibility area of the Western Operational Command.
Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Belarus, First Deputy Defense Minister, Major-General Aleksandr Volfovich noted during the ceremony: “It is a vivid example of optimization of communications units, a transition from quantity to quality. The communications battalion used to have over 110 units of equipment in the past. Now it uses 14 units. The battalion's capability to enable quality and uninterrupted communications for units of the Western Operational Command has improved. Today we can talk about the digitization and integration of communication systems into one information field.” The officer stressed that the correct operation of modern hardware depends a lot on personnel training. Close attention is paid to this matter in the course of training in specialized military education institutions and in the course of selecting recruits for the active army service. If recruits have appropriate education, they can learn how to operate the hardware during active service more easily.
By the way, the new hardware and the chassis it is mounted on are of Belarusian make. According to Aleksandr Volfovich, the Defense Ministry and enterprises of the State Authority for Military Industry of Belarus tightly cooperate in these matters. Belarusian defense products are on par with the world's best. Work to refit all kinds of army units with state-of-the-art weapons and hardware will continue.
“The training year, which is about to begin, will start another long-term cycle of construction and development of the Armed Forces. The General Staff keeps an eye on world trends in the application of armed forces and the experience of modern armed conflicts. Today the army is primarily a tool of strategic deterrence, a tool to prevent the launch of an armed conflict against our country. Bearing it in mind, we understand that armed forces need to be compact and mobile, they need modern equipment and well-trained specialists,” Aleksandr Volfovich. In his words, all these efforts will allow the army to accomplish its missions and take care of peace and security of the country.