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Russia: MoD conducts combat readiness check ahead of Caucasus 2016 drills01:20

Russia: MoD conducts combat readiness check ahead of Caucasus 2016 drills

Russian Federation, Undisclosed locations
August 25, 2016 at 13:32 GMT -00:00 · Published

The Russian Ministry of Defence launched large-scale snap military drills at several undisclosed locations across the country to check combat preparedness of its forces on Thursday morning.

Three of the country's four so-called military districts were involved: the Western, the Central and the Southern. The Aerospace Forces, the Northern Fleet and the Airborne Troops were issued with a full combat alert.

Footage shows armoured units including tanks moving out from an undisclosed base alongside heavily armed infantry. Reportedly, the aim is to demonstrate the army's ability to deploy rapidly as self-sufficient units to neutralise crisis situations. Service personnel taking part in the drills are scheduled to train in full combat tactical mode, preparing field operation centres and forming vehicles into columns to travel to deployment sites.

The major readiness check comes ahead of the upcoming major-scale "Caucasus 2016" military drills in September.

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The Russian Ministry of Defence launched large-scale snap military drills at several undisclosed locations across the country to check combat preparedness of its forces on Thursday morning.

Three of the country's four so-called military districts were involved: the Western, the Central and the Southern. The Aerospace Forces, the Northern Fleet and the Airborne Troops were issued with a full combat alert.

Footage shows armoured units including tanks moving out from an undisclosed base alongside heavily armed infantry. Reportedly, the aim is to demonstrate the army's ability to deploy rapidly as self-sufficient units to neutralise crisis situations. Service personnel taking part in the drills are scheduled to train in full combat tactical mode, preparing field operation centres and forming vehicles into columns to travel to deployment sites.

The major readiness check comes ahead of the upcoming major-scale "Caucasus 2016" military drills in September.

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