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About 3,000 troops to take part in missile force’s drills in central Russia

March 27, 2017, 20:55 UTC+3 MOSCOW

During the drills, the soldiers will practice an emergency withdrawal from their permanent bases amid the threat of a terrorist attack

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MOSCOW, March 27. /TASS/. About 3,000 servicemen and over 200 pieces of military hardware will be involved in the drills of a missile army headquartered in Vladimir in central Russia, the Defense Ministry’s press office reported on Monday.

The commission of the Strategic Missile Force command has launched a comprehensive check of units and formations making part of the Vladimir missile army, the press office said.

"During the check, a command and staff exercise will be held under the direction of Strategic Missile Force Commander Colonel-General Sergei Karakayev. Overall, the check and the drills will involve about 3,000 servicemen and over 200 pieces of combat hardware," the Defense Ministry press office said.

The missile army’s units and formations will be checked for all the components and criteria of combat readiness, combat alert, the personnel’s moral and psychological condition and their counteraction to terrorism, the press office said.

During the drills, the Teikovo missile division in the Ivanovo Region in central Russia will practice an emergency withdrawal of units and formations from their permanent bases amid the threat of a terrorist attack. The troops will be accomplishing missions amid the activity of illegal armed formations. Drones will be used to detect terrorist groups.

The Teikovo missile division is armed with Topol-M and Yars mobile missile systems. Overall, about 10,000 servicemen and 1,000 pieces of military hardware from more than 35 units and formations will undergo a combat readiness check in the Strategic Missile Force, following the end of the winter training period.

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