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Recent drills demonstrate high combat readiness of Russia’s strategic nuclear forces

November 03, 2015, 11:58 UTC+3
Special attention was paid to issues of using high-precision long-range weapons, the Russian Defense Minister notes
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Tu-160 strategic bomber

Tu-160 strategic bomber

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MOSCOW, November 3. /TASS/. The planned drills when all components of the Russian Nuclear Triad test-fired ballistic and guided missiles demonstrated high level of combat readiness of strategic nuclear forces and high-precision long-range weapons, Defense Minsiter Sergey Shoigu said on Tuesday.

Shoigu reminded that among participants in the drills were forces of the Southern Military District, Northern and Pacific Fleets, Caspian Flotilla, Aerospace Defense Forces and Long Range Aviation.

"In general, the results of the drills demonstrated high combat readiness of strategic nuclear forces and high-precision long-range weapons," the defense minister said.

Shoigu said the exercise confirmed combat orders go reliably along the chain command — from the National Center of Defense Control to command posts of military formations and units.

The defense minister reminded that Russian Aerospace Defense Forces test-fired a Topol intercontinental ballistic missile from the Plesetsk cosmodrome. Tu-160 strategic bombers fired guided missiles at targets at Pemboy and Kura training ranges. The Bryansk and Podolsk submarines test-fired ballistic missiles from the Barents and Okhotsk Seas. "All designated targets were hit with precision," Shoigu noted.

"Special attention was paid to issues of using high-precision long-range weapons," he added. Shoigu said that the Veliky Ustyuz smallsize gunnery ship of the Caspian Flotilla destroyed a target with a Kalibr winged guided missile, while the Iskander-M ballistic missile system fired a winged missile at the Kapustin Yar training range.

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