CIS Troops Conduct Air Defense Drills

A Russian MiG-29M fighter jet in flight


MOSCOW (ITAR-TASS)—Combat readiness drills for the integrated air defense system of members of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) have been completed successfully, the press service of the Russian Defense Ministry said on Tuesday.

“Results of trainings have once again proved the reliability and efficiency of the integrated missile defense system in protecting air space of CIS member states,” Lieutenant General Alexander Golovko, the commander of Russia’s Airspace Defense Forces, who headed the training tests, said.

The training involved about 100 warplanes and helicopters, including fighters, attack aircraft and bombers. Apart from that, more than 160 units of radio-technical troops and more than 40 air defense missile systems of the integrated missile defense system, took part.

More than 9,000 troops represented Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

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