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China hosts largest ever military drill with Russia, other SCO nations

Published time: August 24, 2014 10:19
Edited time: August 25, 2014 06:21
ARCHIVE PHOTO: The column of Russian BMP-2 during the joint Russian-Chinese exerciseы Peace Mission 2013 at the Chebarkul training ground in the Chelyabinsk region. (RIA Novosti / Pavel Lisitsyn)

ARCHIVE PHOTO: The column of Russian BMP-2 during the joint Russian-Chinese exerciseы Peace Mission 2013 at the Chebarkul training ground in the Chelyabinsk region. (RIA Novosti / Pavel Lisitsyn)

China’s Inner Mongolia is hosting the biggest military drill ever held by the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. The training of 7,000 servicemen from five SCO member states is set to test troops’ effectiveness in fighting terrorism.

The Peace Mission-2014 drill, being conducted from August 24 to 29 in China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, was declared open by Deputy Chief of Chinese People's Liberation Army's General Staff Wang Ning, who is supervising the military training.

The war games have attracted a record number of troops and military hardware, never previously gathered in one place before by the SCO member states.

Gen. Wang Ning deputy Chief Staff of the People's Liberation Army (AFP Photo / Pool / Alexander F. Yuan)

Armed forces from China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan have come to the Zhurihe firing range to test deploy everything that might be needed to eliminate a considerable terrorist force.

ARCHIVE PHOTO: Russian Mi-24 helicopters during practical training held as part of the Peace Mission 2013, a Russia-China joint anti-terrorism drill, at the Chebarkul firing range. (RIA Novosti / Pavel Lisitsyn)

Apart from infantry troops and special forces, the international task force has been strengthened with air defense systems, radio-electronic warfare units and aviation.

ARCHIVE PHOTO: Chinese Z9B helicopters and Russian BMP-2 vehicles during practical training held as part of the Peace Mission 2013, a Russia-China joint anti-terrorism drill, at the Chebarkul firing range. (RIA Novosti / Pavel Lisitsyn)

The Russian army has come to China with a tactical group of the 36th Motor Rifle Brigade from the Eastern Military District and an aviation wing of the third Command of Air Force and Air Defense Troops.

ARCHIVE PHOTO: Russian servicemen during practical training held as part of the Peace Mission 2013, a Russia-China joint anti-terrorism drill, at the Chebarkul firing range. (RIA Novosti / Pavel Lisitsyn)

The Russian contingent at Peace Mission-2014 consists of 1,000 plus servicemen, 60 armored vehicles, (including 40 BMP-2 fully amphibious crawling traction infantry combat vehicles), 13 main T-72 battle tanks, more than 20 artillery and missile systems, such as self-propelled artillery SAU 2S3M guns, multiple BM-21 rocket launch systems, more than 60 vehicles of different assignments, 8 Mi-8 AMTSh helicopter gunships, 4 Sukhoi Su-25 assault jets and two Il-76 military transport airplanes.

According to the scenario, the international task force will eliminate terrorist groups in various situations and environments.

ARCHIVE PHOTO: A Type 83 self-propelled gun-howitzer of the People's Liberation Army of China during the Russian-Chinese Peace Mission 2013 anti-terror exercise at the Chebarkul training ground in the Chelyabinsk region. (RIA Novosti / Pavel Lisitsyn)

ARCHIVE PHOTO: Self-propelled howitzer-gun "Type 83" of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) during the Russian-Chinese anti-terrorist exercises "Peace Mission 2013" on the Chebarkul range in Chelyabinsk region. (RIA Novosti / Vladislav Belogrud)

ARCHIVE PHOTO: Unloading military equipment for ground units of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) arriving at the railway station in the Chelyabinsk region to take part in the Sino-Russian anti-terrorist exercise "Peace Mission 2013". (RIA Novosti / Vladislav Belogrud)

ARCHIVE PHOTO: Soldiers of the ground force units of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) of China march after their arrival in Chebarkul, Chelyabinsk Region, for the joint Russian-Chinese anti-terrorism military exercises "Peace Mission 2013". (RIA Novosti / Vladislav Belogrud)

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