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Russian S-300 Source: http://archive.kremlin.ru/events/photos/2009/05/216084.shtml
Russian S-300Source: http://archive.kremlin.ru/events/photos/2009/05/216084.shtml
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Russia started the largest military exercise of their armed forces in the post-Soviet period in order to improve the combat readiness of the Russian troops that take part in these military exercises in the Eastern Military District.

The Russian Defence Ministry published a statement about this large-scale military exercise of the Russian army and it is said to be the largest surprise test and check of the combat readiness of the Russian armed forces in the post-Soviet period, while it is not the first check of the combat readiness of Russian troops in this year.

The large-scale exercise of the Russian armed forces take place in the Eastern Military District and aim at improving of the combat readiness of the Russian military.

This large-scale training and exercise of the Russian armed forces include over 1,000 armoured vehicles, 70 warships from the Russian Pacific Fleet, and about 130 aircraft according to the Russian news agency RIA Novosti. The Russian Defence Ministry said in its statement about this large-scale military exercise of Russian troops in the Eastern Military District, including parts of the Russian Pacific Fleet, that the main goal of these drills is to check the combat readiness of the units to carry out their specific missions.

But not only this, because the Russian Defence Ministry also said in terms of the goals of this large-scale exercise of the armed forces of the country that these drills should also assess the quality of the training of the Russian troops and also the technical preparedness.

The Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered these drills of the Russian armed forces in the Eastern Military District. According to the reports, Russian President Putin informed the Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu that he should inform the foreign countries and ministries about the upcoming exercises in the Eastern Military District and he should also taking into account the scale of the exercises.

Since the beginning of this year, this large-scale exercise of the Russian armed forces marks already the third surprising check of the combat readiness, fitness and the training of the Russian military.

This is probably no real surprise because the Russian President Vladimir Putin enjoys such surprising military drills. In his opinion, such surprise military drills are a perfect method to keep the armed forces of a country in a good shape. Putin also mentioned in a statement in May that Russia will continue to carry out surprising military drills and exercises in future.

The mentioned Eastern Military District in Russia is one of the four important strategic commands in terms of operations of the Russian army. This Easter Military District was established in the year 2010 and it includes the territories of the former Far East Military District and a part of the former Siberian Military District with the headquarters at Khabarovsk.

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The Eastern Military District is one of the four operational strategic commands of the Russian Armed Forces. The district was formed in 2010. It absorbed the territories of the former Far East Military District (2002) and part of the former Siberian Military District with headquarters at Khabarovsk. Khabarovsk is the largest city of Khabarovsk Krai and located about 19 miles (30 kilometres) away from the Russian border to China.

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  1. Russia is working very hard to bring forward a truly professional military, professional from the top down. Russia has disbanded some units completely, reduced others by up to 3/4 strength, consolidated units, put on a push for enlisted troops in order to get away from the 2 year conscripts, and instituted rigorous training cycles and programs. Russia is currently cleaning out its officer corps and bringing forward professional non-commissioned officers, while pursuing military occupational specialties in the professional military. The Russian military of the (near?) future will be smaller, more specialized, better paid and equipped, more highly mobile, much more modern in every way. I think that they’re looking at American military of the late 80s-very early 90s, which was very formidable indeed, but now? Not so much. I’m glad that they’re getting away from the 2 year conscript; two years is barely sufficient to produce a competent infantryman, let alone a technical specialist. I wish ’em luck. The upshot is that readiness drills are a necessary guage of how well the entire structure is coming together, able to work together, or pinpoint where additional changes need to be made. Expect a lot more of these, including fleet drills which include submarines.

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