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ORENBURG, September 19. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has come to the Orenburg region in the South Urals to visit the Donguzsky range, where he will watch the course of the Centre 2015 strategic command and post exercise (CPX), the Kremlin press service reported.
The press service said the supreme commander-in-chief will also inspect promising specimens of small arms, talk to military hardware designers and the junior command personnel of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.
"Young junior rank officers who used and broke in that hardware during drills will have an interesting conversation with designers," presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
"That is, designers and the end users of that hardware will meet and they will have communication in the presence of the supreme commander-in-chief. A very interesting event from the viewpoint of information exchange between users and those who designed and built the hardware," Peskov said.
Putin will also hold a meeting of Russia’s Military-Industrial Commission to consider preliminary results of the 2015 state defence order fulfilment and the course of import substitution program implementation.
"The issue of increasing the efficiency of the country’s defence and industry sector’s work will also be considered and discussed," Peskov added.
Earlier, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin reported that regular six candidacies of general designers for defence industry sector enterprises will be presented to the head of state at a Military-Industrial Commission meeting in the second half of September. He recalled that the first five general designers were approved by the commission April 17.
The Centre 2015 strategic drills, this year’s largest, take place in Russia on September 14-20. They involve some 95,000 people, over 7,000 items of armaments and military hardware, up to 170 aircraft and 20 vessels. Various stages of the manoeuvres take place on 20 land, sea, aviation ranges and terrain sectors on the territory of the Central and Southern military districts.
In particular, up to 12,000 servicemen, some 90 tanks and up to 250 infantry combat vehicles, up to 30 armoured personnel carriers and up to 470 armoured combat vehicles, as well as some 220 artillery systems and multiple launch rocket systems will in particular be used at the Totsky and Donguzsky ranges in the Orenburg Region.