Strategic Rocket Forces drills under way in Orenburg region

Russia's Strategic Rocket Forces (RVSN) are practicing their operational coordination as part of March 31-April 4 drills in the Orenburg region, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a press release, seen by Interfax-AVN on Tuesday.

Russia's Strategic Rocket Forces (RVSN) are practicing their operational coordination as part of March 31-April 4 drills in the Orenburg region, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a press release, seen by Interfax-AVN on Tuesday.

"More than 3,500 servicemen and over 300 units of military hardware are taking part in the exercises. Great attention will be given to operational coordination of wartime strength units," it said.

The main objective of the drills, which are being supervised by RVSN Commander Col. Gen. Sergei Karakayev, is to "perfect the methods of the headquarters' work at all levels, as well as their practical skills to coordinate command centers, groups, units and divisions," the ministry said.

"The scenario of the exercises includes simulated operations to urgently deploy units and divisions from their permanent bases to field districts, where they will have to tackle their tasks in the event of emergencies," the ministry said.

"In addition to that, the exercises will offer a wide range of reconnaissance tasks aimed at specifying and assessing the consequences of different emergency situations and conducting cleanup operations using all assigned forces and means, including aviation," it said.

At the same time, radioactive, chemical and biological protection units "will decontaminate weapons and military hardware at the scene of a simulated terrorist attack during which potent chemical substances were allegedly used," the ministry said.

The drills involve the Orenburg command center's divisions, units and logistics services.

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