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CIS AIR DEFENSE EXERCISE PROVES ITS CAPABILITY

RIA Novosti

MOSCOW, April 5 (RIA Novosti) - The command-and-staff exercise for control and air defense agencies of the united air defense system of the Commonwealth of Independent States is over with success.

Lieutenant-General Aipech Bizhev, deputy commander-in-chief of the Air Force for the CIS united air defense system, said so to RIA Novosti on Tuesday.

"All the training questions brought up at the command-and-staff exercise have been acted out. The CIS united air defense system has one more time proved its being a dependable shield for the CIS air borders", he said.

Bizhev added that during the exercise over 60 sorties by aircraft and helicopters - Tu-160, Tu-95MS, Tu-22, Su-24, Su-27, Mig-29, Mig-31, Mi-8 helicopters - were made.

"Very soon a thorough study of actions by the members will be made, results summed up, marks given and the best will be encouraged", he added.



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