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Fleet exercise will start Today, involving intercontinental ballistic missile launches

 
MOSCOW
08/17/2005 01:30 PM
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Fleet exercise will start Today, involving intercontinental ballistic missile launches
Four major military training exercises scheduled for August
18:01 | 15/ 08/ 2005

[link to en.rian.ru]


, August 15 (RIA Novosti) - An exercise involving long-range flights and cruise missile firing will start Tuesday, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov said at a Cabinet meeting attended by President Vladimir Putin.

"A major Northern Fleet exercise will start Wednesday, involving intercontinental ballistic missile launches, along with preparations for aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov´s voyage across the Atlantic which will take few months," Ivanov said.

The minister said that preparations for joint Russian-Chinese maneuvers would begin August 18. The exercises are in three stages. During the first stage (August 18-19), Russian and Chinese Chiefs of General Staffs will meet in Vladivostok to discuss security in the Far East. During the second stage (August 20-22) the defense ministers of the two countries will meet in China to finally approve a training program for the exercise. During the third stage (August 23-25), training exercises will be carried out in the Yellow Sea.

Up to 1,800 Russian and 8,000 Chinese military are expected to take part in the maneuvers.

Russia will deploy 11 aircraft (including the SU-24 and SU-27 fighters, IL-76 and IL-78 transport planes, and TU-95 and TU-22 long-range bombers), a group of ships from the Pacific Fleet, and a company of marines.

In late August, CIS firing practice will take place in Ashuluka, Astrakhan Region (near the Caspian Sea).

A group consisting of Russian special forces and airborne forces are scheduled to start preparations for joint Russian-Uzbek training on an Uzbek mountain range, Ivanov said.[l1]
Ice Cream
12/08/2005 10:08 AM
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Re: Fleet exercise will start Today, involving intercontinental ballistic missile launches
Interesting timing considering the USA´s nuclear attack drill starts today as well.

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