Russia Kicks off Air Force Drill in Arctic
    2012-06-19 19:08:50     Xinhua       Web Editor: haipeng

Russian air forces on Tuesday started a military exercise in the Arctic region involving some 200 troops and about 30 warplanes, said the Defense Ministry.

"About 30 warplanes including strategic bombers Tu-160 and Tu-95MC, fighters Su-27 and MIG-31, refuellers Il-78 and airborne warning and control planes A-50 take part in the exercises with over 200 servicemen participating," ministry spokesman Vladimir Deryabin told reporters.

According to the official, the exercise, which will last till Thursday, is aimed at polishing the interaction and coordination among different types of the air forces.

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