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Snap check proves Russian army's capability to ensure security — defense minister

February 17, 2017, 16:32 UTC+3

The check was conducted at the order of Russia’s supreme commander-in-chief

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MOSCOW, February 17. /TASS/. The recent snap check has confirmed the Russian aerospace forces’ capability to ensure the country’s protection from modern and advanced offensive weapons, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Friday.

"The inspection has proved the necessity of a comprehensive approach to the task of protection of major facilities from air and space weapons. It has proved the Russian aerospace forces’ capability to fulfill their designated tasks efficiently and ensure protection of the country from modern and advanced aerospace weapons," he said at a ministry board meeting.

The check was conducted at the order of Russia’s Supreme Commander-in-Chief and involved military control bodies of the aerospace forces’ command, its subordinate divisions and army units. In all, the inspection covered 46,000 servicemen and 1,800 units of military hardware.

"For the first time, the drills involved air defense and anti-missile units and fighter jets which demonstrated detailed coordination in hitting hypothetical targets," the minister said.

The snap check of the Russian aerospace forces was conducted on February 7 through 9.

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