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Center-2019: 128,000 troops participate in massive Russia, China & India drill (VIDEOS, PHOTOS)

Added 09-20-19 07:37:02am EST - “Moscow has launched a large-scale military exercise alongside China and India, with maneuvers spanning from the Caspian Sea to Central Asia.” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “Center-2019: 128,000 troops participate in massive Russia, China & India drill (VIDEOS, PHOTOS)”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The Tsentr-2019 (Center-2019) drill, which kicked off on Monday, amasses around 128,000 troops, with more than 20,000 pieces of hardware, conducting maneuvers in southern Russia and Central Asia.

Russian servicemen are joined by fellow soldiers from China, India, and Pakistan, along with personnel from four Central Asian countries, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan.

The T-72 main battle tanks and various APCs, as well as Mi-24 attack helicopters were deployed to practice countering enemy assaults. The military also test-fired Iskander short-range ballistic missiles, designed for bunker-busting and destroying terrorist hideouts. The targets were spotted by Russia’s new Orlan-10 surveillance UAVs.

Meanwhile, more than a dozen ships practiced hitting airborne targets in the Caspian Sea. Videos from the scene show turrets rotating and firing at incoming enemy ‘rockets.’

Beijing contributed more than 1,600 troops along with tanks and strategic bombers. The exercise is aimed at improving the “comprehensive strategic partnership” with Russia, the Chinese contingent’s commanding officer, Lieutenant General Liu Xiaowu, said during the opening ceremony.

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