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Military to destroy 70 aircraft, 50 armored vehicles at exercise in southern Russia

September 02, 2015, 17:12 UTC+3 MOSCOW
A group of about 25 air defense and Air Force units, including the crews of the Black Sea Fleet aviation, is supposed to deliver an amassed strike and to rebuff a conventional attack from the air
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MOSCOW, September 2. /TASS/. Pilots and antiaircraft gunners are expected to destroy more than 120 dummies imitating combat aircraft and armored vehicles in the course of a large-scale military exercise held in the Southern Military District, the press service of the district said on Wednesday.

The press service said the district was hosting an exercise in combat control over the air defense and Air Force units and more than a hundred crews of aircraft and helicopters were engaged. The exercise began on August 31 and will continue through to September 4.

The practical phase of the exercise falls on September 3-4. A group of about 25 air defense and Air Force units, including the crews of the Black Sea Fleet aviation, is supposed to deliver an amassed strike and to rebuff a conventional attack from the air.

"To ensure combat firing, exerts of the drill range service has prepared more than seventy target complexes of the Kaban (Wild Boar), Pishchal (Arbalest), Saman (Sun-Baked Brick), and Pensne (Pince-Nez) for air defense troops and more than fifty targets imitating heavy and light armor of the hypothetical enemy.

The troops are also using air defense missile systems of the S-300 family, as well as the Tor, Osa and Strela-10 systems, Tunguska missile and gun systems, Shilka artillery systems, and Igla shoulder-carried antiaircraft missile launchers.

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