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Unannounced combat readiness inspection started in troops and forces of the Southwestern strategic direction

Today, unannounced combat readiness inspection started in troops and forces of the Southwestern strategic direction under the order of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Armed Forces. This was stated by the Russian Defence Minister General of the Army Sergei Shoigu during the session.

General of the Army Sergei Shoigu stated that in accordance to the order of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Armed Forces, forces of the Southern military district, separate formations of Airborne troops and military transport aviation have been put on “Full” combat alert since 5 a.m. The inspection is held at the Southwestern strategic direction.

The Defence Minister noted that it was necessary to assess combat readiness condition of the Southern MD for responding different crisis situations.

“It is necessary to practice all range of tasks performed by military control bodies and troops, including counter-terrorist ones as well as liquidation of consequences of natural and anthropogenic catastrophes. Assessment of maneuvering capabilities of formations during marching in conditions of force grouping forming as well as readiness of aviation and air defence forces for repelling air strikes of the enemy and protecting main military and state objects is also included in the task of the inspection,” said General of the Army Sergei Shoigu.  

The Head of the military department ordered the Commander-in-Chief of the Aerospace Forces Colonel General Viktor Bondarev to organize the inspection of the 4th Air Force and Air Defence Army including redeployment of aviation, repelling and making of massive air strikes.

General of the Army Sergei Shoigu added that it was necessary to prepare ranges for practical air bombing, to assess the trained units during the combat training task performance.

Minister of Defence also stated that within the unannounced combat readiness inspection the troops’ control systems of the Southern and Central Military Districts deployed in the field were to be conducted.

The Head of the military department ordered that particular attention should be paid to the troops’ control system with deployment of mobile field control centres at full scale. Those tasks are to be carried out jointly with the Central MD.

He noted that the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces would inspect the Southern MD troops in the course of an unannounced inspection.

General of the Army Sergei Shoigu ordered the General Staff to organize and carry out an inspection and to form two working groups.

The first group will check the military administrative bodies, Airborne Troops and Southern MD forces; the second one will inspect the readiness of the control system of the Central and Southern Military Districts.

Sergei Shoigu ordered the Defence Minister Anatoly Antonov to inform foreign military attaches about holding the unannounced complex combat readiness inspection of the troops. 

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