Massive military drills kick off in Russia’s west

The crews of tactical, army and transport aviation of the Western Military District will practice over 50 missions, including repelling a notional enemy’s air attack

Over 1,000 troops and more than 100 aircraft and helicopters of Russia’s Western Military District are taking part in the drills to practice over 50 missions, the District’s press office reported on Monday.

“The crews of tactical, army and transport aviation of the Western Military District will practice over 50 missions, including repelling a notional enemy’s air attack, the elements of conducting combat operations and reconnoitering the terrain, and also delivering massive air strikes against ground targets and columns of military hardware,” the district’s press office reported.

The drills involve more than 1,000 troops and more than 100 aircraft and helicopters, including Sukhoi Su-27, Su-30SM and Su-35 fighter jets, Su-34 fighter bombers, Mil Mi-24, Mi-28N, Mi-35 and Kamov Ka-52 attack helicopters.

As part of checks following the end of the winter training period, Air Force and Air Defense Army Commander of the Western Military District Lieutenant-General Alexander Duplinsky will inspect the district’s aviation units and formations.

Special commissions will also check the units’ combat and mobilization readiness and the level of their professional training and cohesion.

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