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MOSCOW, February 18 (RIA Novosti) - Modernized S-300 surface-to-air missiles will shoot down “enemy” fighters in an exercise in Russia’s Western Military District, the district's press service said on Monday.
The joint tactical exercise involving aviation, antiaircraft and radiotechnical forces, encompasses an area from Russia’s westernmost exclave of Kaliningrad to central Russia’s Nizhny Novgorod and from Murmansk in the north to Belgorod in the south, the Western Military District said.
It did not say when the exercise began or will end.
Radar crews will track several targets simultaneously amid heavy jamming and issue target designation data to S-300 missile crews in real time, the Western Military District said.
A group of Su-27 Flanker and MiG-31 Foxhound fighters will pose as “enemy” warplanes.
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