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MOSCOW, May 25. /TASS/. Long-range aviation warplanes will drill skills of hitting simulated enemy’s ground targets by cruise missile during the surprise aviation and missile defence alertness check in the Central military district, the press service of the Russian defence ministry said on Monday.
The ministry said that key attention would be focused of the deployment of the system of aviation control in the field and on the organization of comprehensive support to aviation operation in new areas of deployment, and shifting air defence units to new locations by railway transport.
The aviation grouping and air defense units of Russia’s Central military district were alerted in a surprise combat readiness check launched at the order of Russia’s Supreme Commander-in-Chief and President Vladimir Putin. "For the purposes of making further preparations for the Center-2015 strategic military exercises, the supreme commander-in-chief has made a decision to check the combat readiness of the aviation grouping and air defense troops of the Central Military District," the Russian defense minister said.
As part of the Central Military District’s preparations for the strategic drills, a snap combat readiness check of units of collective rapid response units from the Collective Security Treaty Organization member states recently came to an end. The exercises were held in Tajikistan, the defense minister said.
Some 12,000 troops, up to 250 warplanes and helicopters are involved in the surprise combat readiness check.