Russian, Chinese military hold drills on defense from missile strikes

The computerized exercises focused on combating missile strikes.

Russian and Chinese military have drilled the protection of the territory from the strikes of ballistic and cruise missiles during the computer-assisted missile defense command-and-staff exercises in Moscow, the Russian Defense Ministry's Press Service and Information Directorate told Interfax. 

"The main objective of the computer-assisted command-and-staff exercises is to drill joint actions of operationally formed groups of Russian and Chinese air defense and missile defense to protect the territory from random and provocative strikes of ballistic and cruise missiles. The objectives have been fully accomplished during the drill," the Russian ministry said.

The exercises were held at the decision of the chiefs of the Russian and Chinese defense agencies on the premises of the Russian Defense Ministry's Central Scientific Research Aerospace Defense Institute in Moscow from May 23 to 28.

"The joint exercises were not directed against any third party," the Russian Defense Ministry said.

This is the first joint Russian-Chinese computer-assisted command-and-staff exercises. It is codenamed Aerospace Security 2016.

"During the exercises the tasks have been drilled: coordination of the approaches to interaction in resolving missile defense tasks; determination of the principles of the use of joint air defense and missile defense groups; setting of the direction of further cooperation in the area of missile defense," the Russian Defense Ministry said.

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