Russian Mi-8 and Mi-24 helicopters deployed to Tajikistan for exercises on the border with Afghanistan

The delivery of four combat vehicles was carried out by a heavy transport aircraft An-124-100 Ruslan

Russian Mi-8 and Mi-24 helicopters deployed to Tajikistan for exercises on the border with Afghanistan

According to TASS, the press service of the Central Military District said that the Mi-8 and Mi-24 attack helicopters of the Russian Air Force were transported from the Novosibirsk region to the Gissar airfield of Tajikistan to participate in the trilateral exercises at the Harb-Maydon training range 20 km from the border with Afghanistan.

“The delivery of four combat vehicles from Russia was carried out by a heavy transport aircraft An-124-100 Ruslan. During the main stage of the joint exercise, the army aviation crews will ensure the landing of tactical landing troops and air support to the advancing troops during the destruction of an illegal armed group”, –  the statement said.

The press service specified that before transportation, the helicopters were partially disassembled and upon arrival at the destination airfield, the engineering staff assembled the equipment and the pilots circled the vehicles. Exercises of Russia, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan will be held at the Kharb-Maidon training range from August 5 to 10.

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu earlier said at a meeting of SCO defence ministers in Dushanbe that the countries would practice practical actions to destroy gangs, conduct aerial reconnaissance and protect facilities. A total of 2,500 servicemen, including 1,800 from Russia, and about 500 units of weapons and military hardware will be involved. The core of the Russian military contingent at the exercise will be formed by units of the 201st military base.

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