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Central Russia's Ulyanovsk air assault brigade alerted in snap check

September 09, 2015, 14:55 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The units are preparing their vehicles and weapons for road marching, loading on military transport aircraft and air dropping
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MOSCOW, September 9. /TASS/. Units of the Ulyanovsk 31st Guards air assault brigade have been put on alert and are heading for airfields in a sudden combat readiness check, the Russian Defense Ministry told TASS.

"The units are preparing their vehicles and weapons for road marching, loading on military transport aircraft and air dropping. The servicemen are studying possible training areas," the Defense Ministry said.

Mobile command and control posts and advance parties arrived at the airfields to load their military hardware, equipment, communications and control means on military transport aircraft, the source said.

"The airfields of destination and the areas of airdropping will be designated shortly before the take-off," the source added.

The sudden combat readiness check of the Central Military District’s forces started on September 7 on order of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Armed Forces, President Vladimir Putin. The check involves nearly 95,000 servicemen, more than 7,000 pieces of military hardware and about 170 aircraft.

The check will last through September 12.

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