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article imageRussian Army undergoing largest exercises 'since Soviet times'

By Paul Iddon     Jul 15, 2013 in World
The Russian military is beginning a military drill which will amount to the largest such drill undertaken since the days of the Soviet Union.
Hurriyet Daily News and The Inquisitr report that these war games are currently underway in Russia's Far East region.
The latest war games will see to 160,000 servicemen, 1,000 tanks, 130 planes and 70 naval ships working in unison. The purpose according to military commanders in the region is to expose any flaws that may exist within the Russian military's readiness to respond to a sudden large-scale conflict.
Even the military commanders undertaking the drill were seemingly unaware such large exercises were to begin and were only briefed about the details of the drill after they were begun.
These war games will see to troops not residing in the region travel, in some cases, as far as 1,800 miles in order to participate.
Russian Air Force fighter-jets such as Su-27 Flankers are reportedly being scrambled in order to escort and monitor ships of the Russian Pacific Fleet who will be participating in these drills.
These drills are the third such drills which were unannounced this year. Russian President Vladimir Putin has said more 'surprise' drills are to be expected in the future. The ones currently underway are set to conclude on July 20.
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