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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Russia And Belarus To Conduct S-400 Air Defense Drills In East Siberia, 40 Jets And Helicopters To Be Involved

S-400 TriumphRussia and Belarus will take part in joint exercises in east Siberia to test Moscow’s advanced S-400 missile defense system, according to a Russian officer speaking Monday.

The exercise, which will see as many as 40 jets and helicopters used, is the latest in a series of military operations in which Russia partners up with former Soviet states as relations between Moscow and Europe deteriorate further in the wake of the east Ukraine conflict.

"Combat teams of S-400 air defense missile systems will perform live-firing exercises in a complex jamming environment while the crews and pilots of Su-30SM [NATO reporting name: Flanker-C] fighters and Su-25 [Frogfoot] attack aircraft will exercise missile launches and bombing. Aside from this, the practical phase of the drills will involve Mi-24 [Hind] and Mi-8 [Hip] helicopters," said the spokesman for Russia’s Eastern Military District, Col. Alexander Gordeyev, as quoted by Russia' TASS news agency.

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