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Russia, U.S., Canada to hold second air force anti-terror exercise

RIA Novosti

10:15 01/08/2011

KHABAROVSK, August 1 (RIA Novosti) - The Russian Air Force and NORAD, the U.S. and Canadian joint air defense command will hold a second round of anti-terrorism exercises on August 8-11, the Commander in Chief of the Eastern military district, Igor Muginov said on Monday.

"The main aim of the drills is to improve the Russian Air Force's and NORAD's capabilities for fighting terrorism in the air," Muginov said.

The exercises will include AWACS (airborne early warning and control) and refueling aircraft, as well as combat aircraft, Muginov said.

The first Russian-NORAD joint anti-terrorism drills, dubbed Vigilant Eagle, took place in 2010, and involved Russian, Canadian and U.S. air force personnel operating from command centers at Elmendorf airbase in Alaska and Khabarovsk, in the Russian Far East.

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