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Russian air defense troops to hold live-fire drills, using advanced S-400 systems

March 03, 17:56 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The drills involve about 350 troops and over 200 pieces of the Western Military District’s military and special hardware

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MOSCOW, March 3. /TASS/. Crews of S-300 and advanced S-400 antiaircraft missile systems from an air defense division of Russia’s Western Military District will hold live-fire exercises at the Ashuluk training range in south Russia in April, the District’s press office reported on Friday.

"The live-fire drills will be held in the second half of April. They will be performed both from the equipped positions and during marches to new positioning areas. Special attention will be paid to simulating real combat conditions, in particular, a notional enemy’s aerospace attack," the press office said.

During the drills at the Ashuluk training range near Astrakhan, the combat crews will practice measures during a month to camouflage their positions and use antiaircraft missiles in the daytime and at night for engaging ten targets at a time.

The servicemen will also practice shooting down high- and low-flying maneuvering targets imitating fighter jets, cruise missiles and other armament of a simulated enemy.

The drills involve about 350 troops and over 200 pieces of the Western Military District’s military and special hardware.

Now the combat crews of S-300 and S-400 air defense missile systems are being transported to the designated area by railway. This effort has required more than 170 rail platforms. The troops will cover a distance of more than 2,000 km.

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