Russia is gradually increasing its military presence in the Baltic operational direction and seemingly small steps are part of a long-term plan, according to publications concerned with foreign intelligence Department. Russia has also increased the scale and complexity of the exercises.
"The most important past changes include the formation of the 15th aviation brigade army aviation airfield on the Island in the Pskov region and placing operatively-tactical missiles "Iskander" in meadows. Narva tactical direction also posted a number of divisions of 6-th army of the Russian Federation. It is also planned to turn located on the North of St. Petersburg Sertolovo training center in the training center of tank troops", — reported in the publication. According to the Department, it is likely that in the coming years in the Baltic operational direction can be created by another aviation brigade army aviation brigade, and one reconnaissance or special unit.
According to the annual report, now available UNIFIL manoeuvre units of the land forces of the Western military district of the Russian Federation is able to exhibit 13-15 battalion tactical groups, which is equal to five maneuver brigades. These units are fully or predominantly contract servicemen, who have undergone sufficient training to perform combat missions. Airborne troops can also place up to 15 battalion tactical groups, the Marines will expose two or three battalion-strength tactical group.
Battalion-size tactical group is capable of conducting independent combat operations division, the core of which is the battalion, to which is added the supporting elements from other units. The size of a battalion tactical group is typically 700-900 troops.
In addition to increasing the number of troops in the Baltic operational direction of the danger for the Baltic States is situated in the district of Kaliningrad and the border with Estonia and Latvia of new weapons systems like cruise missiles "Iskander" by means of which it is possible to isolate Estonia from the allies and attack are extremely important from the point of view of reception of the help of allies objects.
"The attack on critical targets is becoming increasingly important in Russian military planning. In the Baltic countries such targets can be, for example, intended to receive service or support forces NATO infrastructure. At the same time, it is unlikely the use of tactical nuclear weapons against located in Estonia or objects can be found here NATO troops", — reported in the publication.