Some 300,000 Russian troops to be engaged in Vostok 2018 drills
Russia plans to involved some 300,000 troops in the Vostok 2018 drills, Russian Defence Minister stated during his working visit to the Central Military District.
General of the Army Sergei Shoigu noted that this will the biggest exercises since 1981.
According to him, the Vostok 2018 drills traditionally starts with a number of preparatory measures – some 15 special support exercises.
"As a rule, it goes together with a surprise combat inspection announced by the Supreme Commander-in-Chief, which has become a good practice", the head of the military department stressed.
"Imagine that 36,000 pieces of hardware are operating simultaneously – tanks, armored personnel carriers, infantry fighting vehicles, and all of them are tests in environment closely resembling a combat one," Sergei Shoigu stated.