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 Russia to Begin New Large-Scale Military Exercises in the Pskov Region

Russia launches the next large-scale Airborne troops exercises on Monday, August 11 with the participation of three thousand troops in the Pskov region.

The Defense Ministry Airborne troops press service and information department representative Major Irina Kruglova told this to the reporters, Censor.NET informs citing RIA Novosti.

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"There will be a two-stage command and staff training exercise of the 76th Chernihiv Airborne Guards Division conducted with the landing in unfamiliar terrain and combat shooting training phase from 11 to 16 August in the Pskov region," Kruglova said.

According to her, three thousand servicemen are to be air-landed on an unfamiliar terrain. IL-76 aircrafts would parachute 12 units of military equipment.

"More than 30 planes and helicopters of military transport, frontline and army aviation such as Su-34, Ka-52, Mi-28, Mi-24, Mi-8, IL-76 will be involved for accomplishing combat task of air strike of the imaginary opposing force ground targets, paratroopers throw and support of the combat from air during the exercise," she added.

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The active phase of the exercise will be held on August 14 and 15 featuring practical actions to seize and destroy imaginary enemy's strategic facilities. The training will be completed by combat shooting, which will take place during both day and night.

Kruglova specified that the shooting will be carried out using all kinds of standard weapons being in service with Airborn compound including 2C-25 Sprut, 2C-9 Nona, D-30 artillery units and air defense units SAM Strela-10, Igla MANPADS."

 
 
 
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