Russia conducted massive combat readiness drills which involved approximately 150,000 soldiers, 400 aircraft, over 26,000 armament, military and special hardware and more than 100 warships and support vessels.
The motor rifle, armoured and artillery units are undertaking combat training drills with a live-fire exercise at all-arms practice grounds of the Astrakhan, Volgograd, Rostov and Stavropol Regions, the Republics of Dagestan, North Ossetia, Adygea and Chechnya, in Crimea and at the Southern Military District’s bases in Abkhazia and South Ossetia reports the Russian news agency – Tass.
The defence drills also involved engineering, radiological, chemical and biological protection and medical troops, electronic warfare machinery, missile defence systems, reconnaissance and other forces. Aircraft and helicopters of the Southern Military District’s Air Force and Air Defense Army provided fire support for the troops and quickly delivering the personnel, according to reports.
The sudden combat readiness check of the soldiers of the Southern and Western Military Districts, marine infantry of the Northern and Pacific Fleets, some units of central subordination and the Airborne Force was held on July 17 – 21 on the order of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The surprise combat readiness check involved about 150,000 soldiers, around 400 aircraft, over 26,000 types of defence equipment and over 100 warships and vessels.