Leer-2 and Granat-1 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) crews are practicing at the Lyaur highland range 40 kilometers south of Dushanbe in joint drills of the Tajik and Russian armed forces, Central Military District spokesman Col. Yaroslav Roshchupkin told Interfax-AVN on Sept.7.
"The UAVs are conducting optical and radio-electronic reconnaissance, searching for simulated gangs and controlling combat deployment and positioning of troops in exercises practicing deterrence of illegal armed units," he said.
The primary objective of the exercises is a common approach to deterrence of illegal armed units, joint tactical operations, and compatible communication and control systems, he said.
The 201st base is the largest military base of Russia outside the national territory. It is stationed in garrisons in Dushanbe, Qurghonteppa and Kulob. Under an agreement signed in October 2012, the formation will accomplish its missions in the territory of the Republic of Tajikistan at least until 2042.
At least 40 people have been killed on both sides in Tajikistan in clashes masterminded by former Tajik Deputy Defense Minister Maj. Gen. Abduhalim Nazarzoda.
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