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Russian surveillance aircraft to fly over Denmark

November 18, 2013, 15:24 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Russian make Open Skies flight

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MOSCOW, November 18, 14:20 /ITAR-TASS/. The group of Russian inspectors plans to make a trial flight of a Russian observation airplane An-30B over the territory of Denmark under the Treaty of Open Skies, head of the Russian nuclear threat reduction centre Sergei Ryzhkov told Itar-Tass on Monday.

The flight will be made from the Open Skies airfield in the Danish city of Aalborg on November 18-22, 2013.

The Russian digital monitoring equipment is installed on board and passed the international certification on September 21-27, 2013. As many as 58 representatives from 22 member-countries of the treaty participated in the certification tests.

Russia became the first member-country of the treaty, which mounted modern optical electronic systems on its monitoring airplanes.

Russian monitoring airplane will make the flight according to the route agreed upon with the host country's officials.. Danish specialists on board of the Russian airplane will supervise the use of monitoring equipment and who the provisions under the treaty are observed.

This is the first observation flight under the Treaty of Open Skies with the use of new technologies.

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