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MOSCOW, September 8. /TASS/. Crews of airlift aviation of Russia’s Aerospace Forces stationed in the Central Military District are preparing for an airlift of troops and vehicles over a distance of more than 4,000 kilometers in the framework of a snap inspection of the CMD branches and units, the press service of the Russian Defense Ministry told TASS.
"The crews of the Ilyushin-76 long-haul jets have been redoubled for flights during the daytime and nighttime over the distances exceeding 4,000 km," it said. "Engaged in the snap inspection are the planes and jets Antonov-124, Antonov-22, Ilyushin-76, Antonov-72, Antonov-12, Antonov-26 of the airlift aviation."
Pilots have begun to study the areas where the flights will be made, the navigational and meteorological situation there, and the routes along which the troops will be airlifted.
The snap inspection of forces of the CMD began on September 7 upon a decision by President Vladimir Putin, who is Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Armed Forces under the Constitution, and it will last through to September 12.