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- Soldiers of the 201st CSTO base in Tajikistan repulsed terrorist attacks and annihilated them using attack helicopters in a simulated night combat
A tactical live-firing night exercise was held to organize a mobile defence at the Lyaur mountain proving ground in the Republic of Tajikistan involving the motorized rifle troops of the 201st military base based in Dushanbe and Bokhtar.
According to the press service of the Central Military District of the Russian Ministry of Defence, the special feature of the exercise was its night-time modern warfare that trained mobile defence organization in order to exhaust a theoretical enemy and inflict maximum damage.
The live-firing exercise involved the Grad multiple rocket launcher fire teams, BTR-82A armoured personnel carrier crews reinforced by the AGS-17 and RPG-7V grenade launcher crews. The firing exercise involved the full range of combat vehicle weaponry and focused on such training aspects as flank firing, 30 mm automatic cannon and tank machine gun marching fire at collapsible and moving targets imitating armoured vehicles and live force of a theoretical enemy at distances from 500 to 1200 metres.
The crews of attack helicopters Migunov Mi 24 of the 201st base aviation group then bombed a theoretical enemy’s armoured convoy.
The helicopters carried out reconnaissance in the mountains, identified ground targets and conducted targeted bombing of theoretical armoured convoys using special drop bombs that mark points of impact with special signal flares. This allowed air controllers to assess the accuracy of the strikes and correct the bombing from the ground. The exercise also trained tactical air missions to traverse the air-defence zone of the “enemy” and en-route flights with elements of advanced flying.