Over 30 missile regiments are engaged in the ongoing exercises of the Russian Strategic Missile Forces in twelve regions of the country, Defense Ministry spokesman for the Strategic Missile Forces Col. Igor Yegorov told Interfax-AVN on Thursday.
"Both road-mobile and silo-based missile systems are participating in the drill," Yegorov said.
The exercises are in progress over a vast territory, from the Tver region in western Russia to the Irkutsk region in the east, he said.
"Strategic missile units are practicing a broad range of missions, including red alert, maneuvering in actual combat and deterrence of sabotage units and precision-guidance attacks of a simulated enemy," the spokesman said.
A surprise check of all missile divisions of the Strategic Missile Forces started on Thursday.
"According to the drill scenario, sabotage groups of the simulated enemy laid mines on combat patrolling routes [of missile units] and applied poisonous chemicals to the area adjacent to their field positions," Yegorov said.
Engineering, radiation, chemical and biological protection, and anti-sabotage units were assigned on a counter mission.
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and RKhM-4 NBC reconnaissance vehicles reconnoitered combat patrolling routes, searched for sabotage groups and assessed engineering and chemical conditions in the areas of deployment of road-mobile missile launchers.
Drones transmitting direct video signal over a radius of ten kilometers detected sabotage and reconnaissance groups laying mines on the roads used by military convoys. Alongside sabotage at major infrastructure elements (transformer sub-stations, utility hubs, boiler houses, hardware, fuel and lubricant storages and other sites of the military formation), sabotage and reconnaissance groups were tasked to destroy field storages, to contaminate water and soil and to disrupt the fulfillment of combat missions by missile regiments.
Sabotage and reconnaissance groups were traced far from the missile regiments' positions and neutralized in due time, the spokesman said.
Simulated hostile groups, which outnumbered security guards, failed to thwart preparations of missile launcher crews for a simulated launch. The groups operating in every deployment area consisted of 50 to 100 man.
Reconnaissance and camouflaging efforts have been stepped up in the areas of deployment of missile divisions.
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