Russian army airborne troops have conducted military exercise in the Arctic region 3010132

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Defence & Security News - Russia

 
 
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 10:31 AM
 
Russian army airborne troops have conducted military exercise in the Arctic region.
Russian airborne assault forces and military transport aviation units have conducted an exercise in the Arctic, a senior defense official said Tuesday, October 29, 2013. About 40 metric tons of various cargoes were airdropped from two Il-76 aircraft, First Deputy Defense Minister Arkady Bakhin said.
     
Russian airborne assault forces and military transport aviation units have conducted an exercise in the Arctic, a senior defense official said Tuesday, October 29, 2013. About 40 metric tons of various cargoes were airdropped from two Il-76 aircraft, First Deputy Defense Minister Arkady Bakhin said.
Russian airborne troops on military exercises in the Russian Arctic region.

     

The operation showed that Russian armed forces are ready to provide assistance to Arctic expeditions, civilians and military units deployed in that region, he said.

Russia has officially set a goal of deploying a combined arms force by 2020 to protect its political and economic interests in the Arctic, including military, border and coastguard units.

Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said in December last year that Russia risks losing its sovereignty by the mid-21st century if it does not assert its national interests in the Arctic today.

 

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