Strategic command-and-staff exercise "Caucasus-2016"
The strategic command-and-staff exercise of the Russian Armed Forces Caucasus-2016 has started in the Southern Military District.
It aims to check the level of readiness of the military command bodies to control interservice groupings of forces; commanders and staffs will gain experience in planning, preparation and conducting of combat operations.The Caucasus-2016 is held on September 5-10 and will become the final training event in a series of exercises, trainings and unannounced inspections in 2016.
The peculiarities of the Caucasus-2016 are: the organization of troops control at all levels, tactical episodes with simulated enemy on the other side of the barricade, testing of new military equipment in field conditions, organization of mobilization and territorial defence, wide usage of aviation and maritime forces of the Black Sea Fleet and the Caspian flotilla.
Within the strategic command-and-staff exercise, formations and units of the Land Forces, the Aerospace Forces, the Navy and the Airborne Troops will practice tactical episodes at the Southern MD ranges.
The Caucasus exercise is participated by about 12,500 servicemen, as well as aviation, military hardware and warships.