YEKATERINBURG, March 10. /TASS/. Russia’s Central Military District is building up an aviation grouping in Tajikistan to accomplish tasks during joint drills, district spokesman Colonel Yaroslav Roshchupkin said on Thursday.
"Military transport aircraft have delivered two pairs of Mi-24 attack helicopters and Mi-8 combat and transport rotocraft from the Tolmachevo and Kant air bases to the Ayni aerodrome 30 km from Dushanbe to take part in the joint drills," the spokesman said.
During the drills, the army aviation will provide reconnaissance and cover for the routes of military hardware convoys, support motor rifle units and special forces, airdrop a tactical paratrooper task force in hard-to-access mountainous terrain and practice the evacuation of wounded personnel.
The joint drills in Tajikistan also involve military governance bodies of the Tajik Defense Ministry and Russia’s Central Military District, motor rifle, tank and artillery units, special forces, and also parachute and airborne assault groups.
The personnel of the Russian and Tajik armies will practice cohesion, common approaches for neutralizing illegal armed formations, destroying bases, depots and other facilities of a simulated enemy.