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12.09.2018 (15:19)

Russian and Chinese defence ministers inspects command posts at Vostok 2018

Russian Defence Minister General of the Army Sergei Shoigu held a meeting with his Chinese counterpart General Wei Fenghe during his visit to the Vostok 2018 maneuvers at the Tsugol training ground.

Having held the closed meeting, the defence ministers inspected an auxiliary command post of the Eastern Military District, command post of the 29th Army and command post of the PLA combined formation.

Minister of National Defence of China General Wei Fenghe highly appreciated operation of the Russian command post at the Vostok 2018 maneuvers.

Besides, the Russian Defence Minister informed his counter part about capabilities of the National Centre for State Defence Control of the Russian Federation.

According to Sergei Shoigu, the National Centre enables to take decision 24-hours a clock.

"We had some operations when Chief of the General Staff and I supervised and control troops from work places in the Centre in real time. And this is not a one-time event. Today it is a comprehensive system in the Russian Armed Forces", he said.

General of the Army Sergei Shoigu noted that with establishment of the National Centre for State Defence Control new command and control capabilities were created.

"Most of this at the Tsugol training ground and at the Vostok 2018 maneuvers is control in the National Centre for State Defence Control. More than 250 trains a day were involved in redeployment. And all of this required control", the Russian Defence Minister said.

Having inspected the command posts at the Tsugol training ground, General Wei Fenghe emphasized the importance of the Russian-Chinese cooperation on operational and strategic levels. According to him, military and political leadership attach particular importance to it.

"We have agreed to hold such exercises on a regular basis", General of the Army Sergei Shoigu said.

For reference:

One of the stages of the Vostok 2018 will take place at the Tsugol training ground. In the joint operations of the troops involved up to 25,000 Russian servicemen will take part, more than 7,000 weapons, military and special equipment, and about 250 aircraft.

The Vostok 2018 maneuvers have kicked off in the territory of the Far East and Pacific Ocean water zones on September 11-17 in accordance with the Russian Armed Forces under the leadership of the General of the Army Sergei Shoigu.

Military command and control units, troops of the Eastern and Central military districts, forces of the Northern Fleet, Airborne Troops, long-range and military transport aviation of Aerospace Forces are be involved in the maneuvers. In total, some 300,000 servicemen will take part in maneuvers, more than 1,000 aircraft, helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles, up to 36,000 tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, armored personnel carriers and other vehicles, up to 80 ships and support vessels will be involved.

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