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Russia intensifies field exercise

March 13, 2014, 10:08 UTC+3

The check of units’ cohesiveness with further battle mission fulfillment is carried out in regions including those at the border with Ukraine

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MOSCOW, March 13. /ITAR-TASS/. In accordance with the combat training plan, military units and detachments of the Russian army are building up the intensity of field exercise at ranges in Rostov, Belgorod, Kursk and Tambov Regions. The Defense Ministry’s press service said this on Thursday. The main goal of the exercise is to comprehensively check the units’ cohesiveness with further fulfillment of combat training mission on unfamiliar territory and untested ranges.

The field ingresses are carried out in two stages. During the first stage, “commanders and contingent of infantry, artillery and tank detachments gained experience during route marches from permanent dispositions in a combined method: afoot, by train and by air transport to final march objectives with further deployment afield. They followed up issues of cooperation with representatives of Russian Railways (RZD) and of uploading equipment on flat wagons”.

This stage of exercise also features a “set of practical trainings, when servicemen within their units have worked the standards of driving military and special equipment on unfamiliar territory, route reconnaissance, engineer reconnaissance, fortification of positions and special tactical training. In the planned activities, special focus is placed on stealth of movement and camouflage security in staging areas.”

At present, the units’ commanders “are training the methods of staging different types of combat, detachment control and control of fire when fulfilling the combat training missions, learning to act unconventionally, fooling the enemy and achieving unexpectedness. During the training, a complex, combat type tactical environment with imitation of actions of the imaginary enemy is created.”

On the last stage of the combat training, the servicemen “at the ranges will master a set of practical exercises aimed at combat cohesiveness of units, with firearms training and battle firing, and the commanders will also check their ability to control artillery fire”.

The field training will continue until late March.

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