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About 700 Chinese troops, 100 weapon systems to take part in Peace Mission-2018 drills

The Peace Mission-2018 joint counter-terror drills of the armed forces from the SCO countries will be held on August 22-29

MOSCOW, August 16. /TASS/. About 700 troops and over 100 pieces of military hardware of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army will take part in the Peace Mission-2018 international counter-terror drills in the Chelyabinsk Region in the Urals, the press office of Russia’s Central Military District reported on Thursday.

"On the part of the People’s Republic of China, the personnel of a mechanized company, a mixed artillery battery, a command and logistic company, and also a Special Forces group have arrived for the drills, about 700 servicemen in all. Besides, over 100 pieces of military and special hardware have been delivered by rail, including tanks, armored personnel carriers, infantry fighting vehicles, self-propelled howitzers, communications vehicles, and also logistic support vehicles," the press office said.

Currently, the military hardware and personnel are being unloaded and the servicemen from China are being stationed at basic field camps at the Chebarkul practice range.

As was reported earlier, about 300 servicemen from India and also around 100 Pakistani personnel were the first to arrive in the Chelyabinsk Region aboard Ilyushin Il-76 aircraft.

The Peace Mission-2018 joint counter-terror command and staff drills of the armed forces from the countries that are members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) will take place at the Chebarkul practice range on August 22-29.

The maneuvers will involve military governance bodies, units of land troops and aviation from Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, China, India and Pakistan. Representatives of Uzbekistan will be present at the SCO counter-terror drills as observers. Overall, the Peace Mission-2018 drills will involve over 3,000 troops and about 500 pieces of military hardware.