128,000 Troops from 8 Countries to Participate in Russia’s Center-2019 Drills

128,000 Troops from 8 Countries to Participate in Russia’s Center-2019 Drills

Russian Defense Ministry’s Department of Information and Mass Communication said on Tuesday, more than 128,000 military personnel from eight countries will join the Tsentr-2019 strategic command post drills, which are scheduled to take place from September 16-21.

The drills will be focused on the fight against international terrorism in Central Asia and overseen by Chief of the Russian General Staff Gen. Valery Gerasimov, the ministry added.

The ministry said “Some 128,000 servicemen, more than 20,000 units of military equipment and weaponry, about 600 aircraft and up to 15 ships and supply vessels” will be involved in the exercise.

Troops from Russia’s Central and Eastern military districts, Caspian Flotilla, Airborne Troops and Aerospace Forces, as well as delegates from China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan will join the exercise, the ministry added.

The main exercise will be held in the Russian regions of Totsky, Donguz, Adanak, Chebarkul, Yurginsky, Aleysky, Ashuluk and Safakulevo, while drills for the fight against insurgents will take place in partner-countries.

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