MOSCOW, August 21. /TASS/. Russian air defence forces and the Air Force are expected to engage in a major exercise in the country’s Southern Military District at the end of September, the press service of the district said on Friday.
Antiaircraft missile systems like S-300, Buk M1-2, Tor, and Osa will be used in the course of the exercise.
"Preparations for large-scale Air Force and air defence war games, which will be held at the end of September and will involve missile launches, are nearing completion in the Southern Military District," the report said. "The drill assignments will presuppose operations with the aid of Igla shoulder-carried missile launchers, Tunguska antiaircraft gun complexes, Shilka antiaircraft missile launchers, as well as S-300, Buk M1-2, Strela-10, Tor, and Osa."
More than 70 target sets of the Kaban (Wild Boar), Pishchal (Arbalest), Saman (Airbrick), and Pensne (Nose-Nippers) types for air defence units and more than 50 target set emulating the technologies of the hypothetic enemy for the Air Force pilots have been prepared.
"In addition, a drill range in the Western Military District will be included in the exercise programme to train the use of various types of onboard weaponry over an unknown terrain in isolation from friendly forces," the press service said.
"At this moment, the cockpit crews of the 4th Air Force and Air Defence Army are holding tactical training flights, in the course of which the pilots of tactical and frontline aviation are performing tasks in elements, flights, squadrons, and regiments," the report said.