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Russia: Large-scale missile drills take place in Astrakhan

Russian Federation, Ashuluk testing range
September 17, 2019 at 11:43 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russia’s missile defence systems intercepted aerial targets as the ‘Centre 2019’ military drills continued on Tuesday at the Ashuluk testing range in Astrakhan region.

According to Russia’s Ministry of Defence, more than 80 targets were intercepted, including strike drones, cruise and ballistic missiles.

Russia’s S-300 Favorit and S-400 Triumph air defence systems, as well as the Pantsir-S anti-aircraft system were involved in the drills, in addition to MiG-31, Su-27 and Su-35S fighter jets.

Around 128,000 troops from eight countries will take part at the Centre 2019 drills, which run from 16 to 21 September in 17 different locations.

Some 20,000 pieces of military equipment and 600 aircraft will also take part in the multi-nation training.

In addition to Russia, seven other nations participate in the exercises: China, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, India, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

The drills are aimed at developing and strengthening military cooperation between Russia and its allies.

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Russia’s missile defence systems intercepted aerial targets as the ‘Centre 2019’ military drills continued on Tuesday at the Ashuluk testing range in Astrakhan region.

According to Russia’s Ministry of Defence, more than 80 targets were intercepted, including strike drones, cruise and ballistic missiles.

Russia’s S-300 Favorit and S-400 Triumph air defence systems, as well as the Pantsir-S anti-aircraft system were involved in the drills, in addition to MiG-31, Su-27 and Su-35S fighter jets.

Around 128,000 troops from eight countries will take part at the Centre 2019 drills, which run from 16 to 21 September in 17 different locations.

Some 20,000 pieces of military equipment and 600 aircraft will also take part in the multi-nation training.

In addition to Russia, seven other nations participate in the exercises: China, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, India, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

The drills are aimed at developing and strengthening military cooperation between Russia and its allies.

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