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Over 110 aircraft to take part in CIS command-and-staff drill

Posted by Kris Roman on April 22, 2008


More than 110 military aircraft from eight CIS states will take part in a large-scale command-and-staff exercise on April 22 led by the Joint Air Defense Force, a senior Russian military official said Monday.

“Over 20 scenarios will be rehearsed, designed at strengthening the air space of CIS countries – Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan,” said Lt.Gen. Vadim Volkovitsky, deputy commander of the Russian Air Force.

He said command of the drill will be provided by Col. Gen. Alexander Zelin, Russian Air Force chief, from the Central Command and Control Post.

More than 10 missile, air defense, anti-aircraft, and electronic warfare units will rehearse missions to protect the air space around Moscow and the Central Federal District.

MiG-29 Fulcrum and Su-27 Flanker fighters will practice interception missions.




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