Russian deploys attack aircraft in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan

EKATERINBURG (RIA Novosti): Russian Su-25 attack aircraft have been deployed from Kyrgyzstan to Tajikistan for the CSTO exercises, the Central Military District (CVD) reported on Tuesday.

“A link of Su-25 attack aircraft of the Russian joint military base” Kant “, stationed in the Kyrgyz Republic, has been transferred to Tajikistan to participate in a joint exercise of the Collective Rapid Reaction Force (CRRF) of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO),” the message says.

Four Su-25 attack aircraft took off from a permanent airfield and landed at the Gissar airfield near Dushanbe.

During the active phase of the CSTO CRRF joint exercise “Interaction-2021”, attack aircraft crews will work out the search and destruction of imaginary enemy targets, they will also provide air support for motorized rifle and tank units during training and combat missions in mountainous desert terrain, the Central Military District clarifies.

Earlier, the commander of the Central Military District, Colonel-General Alexander Lapin, said that in October, in Tajikistan, near the border with Afghanistan, three joint exercises with the military contingents of the CSTO member states would be held: Interaction, Search and Echelon.

The joint Russian military base “Kant” is part of the Collective Rapid Deployment Forces and is involved in ensuring the security of the airspace of the CSTO states. It is armed with Su-25 attack aircraft and Mi-8 helicopters.

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