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VLADIVOSTOK, February 5. /TASS/. Troops of the joint force grouping of Russia’s Eastern Military District have conducted an anti-terrorist exercise in the Kuril Islands in which drilled actions to block a simulated illegal armed group. The maneuvers ended with a live fire exercise, the military district spokesman Colonel Alexander Gordeyev said on Friday.
"Drones that located the simulated enemy’s scattered groups were used during the drills for the terrain reconnaissance. The simulated enemy was destroyed by fire from all weapons of the mechanized infantry and air assault units," Gordeyev said.
A reconnaissance team of the forces’ air assault unit neutralized a simulated enemy group that tried to hide in one of the neighboring islands by conducting a joint operation landing on the island with the use of the Arbalet special purpose controlled parachute systems.
At the end of the maneuvers, the troops also had a life fire exercise in which they fired from guns of the combat vehicles and small arms, Gordeyev said.
The exercise involved a unit of the Eastern Military District’s machine-gun and artillery grouping, an air assault airborne force unit from the Primorsky Territory and a helicopter detachment of the Army Aviation.