The year’s largest military drills in Russia are concluding, with nearly 100,000 servicemen preparing to return to home bases. The exercise involved all the armed forces. The firing range saw Iskander missile complexes testing strike precision.
On Sunday, troops and military vehicles are making the last accelerated march to places of permanent deployment. The war games that started on September 14 lasted a week. About 95,000 servicemen and over 7,000 military hardware and vehicles, together with up to 170 military aircraft and 20 warships took part.
The scenario of the games envisaged the elimination of a large number of projected terrorist forces and their reconnaissance groups.
According to the scenario, the military ‘standoff’ was so extensive that Air Force and tactical weapons had to be used, and airborne troops were deployed on the battlefield to cut “terrorists” off and prevent their retreat.
Several waves of bombers prepared the assault on the “terrorists.” Supersonic missile carrying Tupolev Tu-22M3s bombed the range into dust, followed by Sukhoi Su-34 bombers. Sukhoi Su-25 fighter-bombers finished the job, paving the way for assault helicopters and paratroopers.
Twenty Ilyushin Il-76 military transport aircraft dropped airborne units on the battlefield. Mobile tactical groups backed up airborne landing on the ground.
Iskander and Tochka-U tactical missile complexes demonstrated deadly strike precision, which was captured live by drone cameras and shown to foreign delegations attending the drills.
Russian President Vladimir Putin attended some of the drills at Donguz firing range in Orenburg region on Saturday.
“Our troops have already received 2,250 state-of-the-art systems, among them Sukhoi Su-35 and Su-35C fighter jets, Mil Mi-8MTB51 helicopters, radio stations, new airborne assault vehicles, armored fighting vehicles, and UAV infantry transportation vehicles,” Putin said.