Russian missiles reportedly destroyed more than 50 air targets during massive new war games in a chilling warning to the West.
The deployment included the Buk system that was used to down a passenger plane over Ukraine in 2014.
The video shows major day and night exercises at the Kapustin Yar training ground in the Astrakhan region.
“During the exercise, troops eliminated small unmanned aerial vehicles, attack helicopters, fighter jets, bombers, ballistic and cruise missiles mimicking targets in electronic countermeasures environments,” the Central Military District said.
“The crews of the air defense missile systems carried out missile launches both day and night with an accuracy of more than 90 percent.”
Some 2,000 troops deployed a range of weapons, including portable air defense missile systems and the Tunguska Anti-Aircraft Missile Facility.
About 200 armored vehicles were involved in the exercise last week, footage for which was only now released by the Defense Ministry’s TV channel Zvezda.
The Russian military has been on high alert with frequent military drills since a massive outpouring of troops along the Ukrainian border in April.
It includes last month’s exercises on Russia’s borders with the West, but also in the country’s 11-time zones.
They come amid concerns over Russia’s gas supplies to European countries Britain and shortfalls this winter.
A Buk missile shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine occupied by pro-Moscow rebels on 17 July 2014, killing all 298 people on board.
Last month, Vladimir Putin launched a massive war game with 200,000 soldiers spread over 2,000 km at the doorstep of Europe.
The Zapad-2021 military exercise involves Belarus and runs from north to south from the Baltic to Ukraine.
The joint exercise with landlocked Belarus – which borders three NATO countries – came amid talks between Putin and Minsk dictator Alexander Lukashenko in a significant step towards pushing Russia to swallow up its western neighbour.
At Europe’s doorstep, and Ukraine closer to Tinderbox, the West is closely monitoring a display of Russian might at a time of intense diplomatic tension.
“These exercises are not aimed at anyone,” Putin said after talks with Lukashenko.
tension is rising
But the exercises were “logical at a time when other alliances, such as NATO, actively made their presence felt near the borders of the Union State (Russia and Belarus).”
The Kremlin hardline said: “We discussed issues related to creating a common defense space and ensuring security along our borders.”
It comes weeks after the US Navy launched the biggest war game in 40 years as Washington “prepares” for a future world war amid tensions with Russia and China.
The exercise marks a return to similar Cold War exercises that were seen during the 1980s.