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MOSCOW, November 22 (Itar-Tass) —— Eight members of the Commonwealth of Independent States will hold a large-scale command-post air defense exercise in Moscow next week, Alexei Zolotukhin, the spokesman for the Aerospace Defense Forces, told ltar-Tass on Thursday.
“Some 100 fighter planes, bombers, assault planes and planes of long-range aviation, as well as helicopters will be used in the exercise. Units of anti-aircraft rocket forces and radio troops will participate in the exercise,” Zolotukhin said. “The use of A-50 radar surveillance and guidance aircraft will be a special feature of the exercise,” he noted.
The sides will drill actions with the use of air defense to check violations of the airspace of CIS countries and to come to the rescue of planes in distress, Zolotukhin noted. “Combat-readiness of air defense units on duty will be checked by means of aerial control targets,” he added.
Taking part in the exercise will be air defense and air force units of eight CIS countries - Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Ukraine. The training will be held in Moscow on November 28.