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Russia: Air Force's flash drills show Russia's aerial capacities

Russian Federation, Air Base Baltimore, Voronezh
May 28, 2013 at 19:30 GMT +00:00 · Published

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Russia: Air Force's flash drills show Russia's aerial capacities

Russia has run a series of drills across its military forces and close to Voronezh, Russian fighter jets soared through airspace in a series of tactical drills conducted by Col. Gen. Vladimir ZaRudnitsky. The large-scale exercises are the latest round in a snap drill involving 8,700 personnel, 240 armoured vehicles and 185 warplanes, ordered by Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu in February to test the combat readiness of the Western Military District. Russia has mobilised its naval fleet in recent weeks off the coast of Cyprus and has illustrated its military capacities recently with drills in the Black Sea. Analysts are placing these actions in the context of Russia's attempt to calm down Western interventionists who wish to militarily engage in the Syrian conflict.

Fighter aircrafts MIG 29 SMT (NATO reporting name Fulcrum) flew in from Kursk to Baltimore airbase 7 km south west of Voronezh after receiving a 24 hour notice. Fighter aircraft MIG 29 SMT (Fulcrum) and SU-24 (Fencer) jet technical crews engaged in emergency evacuation exercises in the event of an enemy take-over of the base while test missiles launched from a test range in Ashulukin in the Volga area of Astrakhan rocketed through the sky.

Major General Igor Makushev, Commander of the Western Military district's aviation recalled: "Russian Air forces haven't taken part in such large scale drills since Soviet times. I remember similar drills in 1991 in our Far East region." Russian drills come in light of an escalating international situation regarding Syria. Russia has today confirmed the provision of S-300 missile launchers to Bashar Al-Assad's government. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said that the armaments are a "stabilising factor", that will make "hot-headed" interventionists think twice about military involvement in Syria. This comes a day after long-term negotiations over the European Union's arms embargo expired, opening the door for Britain and France to arm the opposition movements active within Syria.

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Russia: Air Force's flash drills show Russia's aerial capacities

Russia has run a series of drills across its military forces and close to Voronezh, Russian fighter jets soared through airspace in a series of tactical drills conducted by Col. Gen. Vladimir ZaRudnitsky. The large-scale exercises are the latest round in a snap drill involving 8,700 personnel, 240 armoured vehicles and 185 warplanes, ordered by Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu in February to test the combat readiness of the Western Military District. Russia has mobilised its naval fleet in recent weeks off the coast of Cyprus and has illustrated its military capacities recently with drills in the Black Sea. Analysts are placing these actions in the context of Russia's attempt to calm down Western interventionists who wish to militarily engage in the Syrian conflict.

Fighter aircrafts MIG 29 SMT (NATO reporting name Fulcrum) flew in from Kursk to Baltimore airbase 7 km south west of Voronezh after receiving a 24 hour notice. Fighter aircraft MIG 29 SMT (Fulcrum) and SU-24 (Fencer) jet technical crews engaged in emergency evacuation exercises in the event of an enemy take-over of the base while test missiles launched from a test range in Ashulukin in the Volga area of Astrakhan rocketed through the sky.

Major General Igor Makushev, Commander of the Western Military district's aviation recalled: "Russian Air forces haven't taken part in such large scale drills since Soviet times. I remember similar drills in 1991 in our Far East region." Russian drills come in light of an escalating international situation regarding Syria. Russia has today confirmed the provision of S-300 missile launchers to Bashar Al-Assad's government. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said that the armaments are a "stabilising factor", that will make "hot-headed" interventionists think twice about military involvement in Syria. This comes a day after long-term negotiations over the European Union's arms embargo expired, opening the door for Britain and France to arm the opposition movements active within Syria.

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