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Aerospace troops begin tactical exercise in Astrakhan region

July 24, 2013, 15:48 UTC+3
Air defense units advanced to new positions, then deployed the equipment and launched continuous radar control to detect and destroy the simulated enemy targets
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MOSCOW, July 24 (Itar-Tass) - Air defense units of aerospace troops /VKO/ began a tactical exercise in the Ashuluk range, Astrakhan region, on Wednesday, VKO spokesman Alexei Zolotukhin told Itar-Tass on Wednesday.

"An air defense brigade went on combat duty to protect the aerospace of a guarded facility. During a check of its combat readiness, the brigade’s units successfully rebuffed the attacks by 40 airborne targets of imaginary enemy. Unmanned aerial vehicles were used, among other weapons, in rebuffing the attack," Zolotukhin said.

Initially, air defense units advanced to new positions to carry out the mission, then deployed the equipment and launched continuous radar control to detect and destroy the simulated enemy targets.

"At the final stage of the exercise which involves 500 servicemen, S-300 systems will perform live shooting in heavy jamming conditions to destroy high- and low-altitude targets simulating both aerodynamic and ballistic targets within a whole range of altitudes and velocities," the spokesman said.

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