MOSCOW, March 18. /TASS/. Reconnaissance units of the Ivanovo grouping of Airborne Forces during a snap combat readiness check have made air landing in two Arctic areas, Russian Defense Ministry’s press service said on Wednesday.
"Today, reconnaissance units of the Ivanovo grouping of the Airborne Forces for the first time made air landing in the areas of the Novaya Zemlya and Franz Joseph Land archipelagos," the press service said.
The landing took place within the framework of a snap check of combat readiness of Russia’s Northern Fleet and separate formations of the Western Military District and Airborne units.
According to the ministry, the paratroopers’ mission is to reinforce the guarding of strategic facilities and ensure safe landing of the main forces. More than 10 Ilyushin Il-76 planes are involved in the troops’ movement. The operational group of the Airborne Forces Command, headed by Airborne Deputy Chief of Staff Major General Alexander Shumkin has arrived at the exercise area.
The snap check of combat readiness of Russia’s Northern Fleet forces and a number of groupings of the Airborne Forces and the Western Military District was launched on Monday, March 16. The exercises involve 38,000 troops, more than 55 warships and submarines, 110 warplanes and helicopters. The exercise is aimed at assessing the capabilities of the Northern Fleet to ensure Russia’s military security in the Arctic.