Russia Begins Three-Day CSX in Siberia and Far East

25 10 2010

On October 25, 2010 37th Air Army (37 Vozdushnaya Armiya) of the High Supreme Command (Strategic Purpose), successor to the Russian Long-Range Aviation (LRA or ДА), began a large three-day command-staff exercise (CSX or КШУ) under Air Forces CINC General-Colonel Aleksandr Zelin’s direction. 

The CSX involves units from Siberia, the Far East, but also Lipetsk, and 40 aircraft including the Tu-160, Tu-22M3, Tu-95MS, Il-78, A-50, MiG-29, MiG-31, and Su-27SM.  They will operate both from their home and temporary bases, and fly over central Russia, the Far East, and extreme northern parts of the Russian Federation. 

50 crews will control the airspace for the exercise.  Il-78 tankers will conduct mid-air refueling, and ranges at Pemboy near Vorkuta and at Nogotay in Irkutsk Oblast will be used for missile launches and other weapons training.

Source: Russian Defence Policy Blog

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