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CIS members to discuss development of joint air defense network

RIA Novosti

03:16 16/09/2009 ASTRAKHAN, September 16 (RIA Novosti) - Members of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) will meet on Wednesday in South Russia's Astrakhan to discuss the development of the CIS integrated air defense network.

The CIS integrated air defense network was set up by 10 CIS member countries on February 10, 1995. The main purpose of the network is to ensure the protection of the member-countries' airspace, early warning of missile attacks and coordination of joint efforts to neutralize potential air threats.

The participants of the meeting are expected to agree on the draft project of the network's development for 2011-2015 and the timetable of events for 2010.

Other military cooperation issues will also be on the agenda.

The CIS network currently comprises seven air defense brigades, 46 units equipped with S-200 and S-300 air defense missile systems, 23 fighter units equipped with MiG-29, MiG-31 and Su-27 aircraft, 22 electronic support units and two detachments of electronic warfare.



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