Russia: Approximately 160,000 military involved in checking the combat readiness of the Army

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The number of military involved in the sudden checking readiness of the Russian Armed Forces, has doubled – to 160,000, according to RIA Novosti , citing the statement of Russian Defense Minister, Army General Sergei Shoigu at a teleconference in the center of the military.

In large-scale testing also involves about 1,000 tanks and armored vehicles, 130 long-range aircraft, military transport, fighter, bomber and the Army Air Corps, as well as up to 70 ships of the Navy, said the minister.  

The troops carried out to bring the event to a higher degree of combat readiness of military units to regroup with the help of various modes of transport. Special attention is Shoigu told reporters, is paid to the command and control, as well as the transport, logistics and medical support.

“Activities are conducted in strict accordance with the previously accepted Russia’s obligations towards other States and not against their interests,” – said Shoigu, adding that the activities are carried out without harming the environment, public and private property and farmland.

Sudden comprehensive inspection of troops of the Eastern Military District will be held during the week and will end on July 20, 2013, reports “Interfax” .

Earlier, in early June, after the second sudden inspection in May, Shoigu complained  to the level of physical fitness of recruits and officers in the armed forces and the army proposed to introduce new sports, such as military biathlon, the military orienteering, mountain triathlon, and a special high-speed shooting.
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