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Russia to hold biggest military drills since Cold War

AFP  |  Moscow 

will next month hold its biggest war games since at least the 1980s, with around 300,000 troops and 1,000 aircraft, the said today.

The Vostok-2018 exercises will be carried out from September 11 to 15 in the country's east with the participation of and

"This will be something of a repeat of Zapad-81, but in some senses even bigger," said of the 1981 war games in Eastern Europe, in comments reported by agencies.

He said "more than 1,000 aircraft, almost 300,000 troops and almost all the ranges of the Central and Eastern military districts" would be involved in the exercises.

"Imagine 36,000 pieces of military equipment moving together at the same time -- tanks, armoured personnel carriers, infantry fighting vehicles. And all of this, of course, in conditions as close to combat as possible."

said last year's Zapad-2017 military drills, conducted in ally and regions of Russia, saw the participation of roughly 12,700 troops.

But NATO claimed could have been massively underreporting the scale of the exercises, which some of the alliance's eastern members said involved more than 100,000 servicemen.

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First Published: Tue, August 28 2018. 15:15 IST
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