Interim Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov informed President Putin about several big military exercises scheduled for the summer of 2004.
According to Sergei Ivanov, Russia has not had military exercises of this kind before. Big number of troops, including paratroopers and marines, will be transported by more than 50 passenger aircrafts from one region to another. Russian military is going to become more mobile.
In August-September Russian military will have exercise in Central Asia – Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. Russian troops of alert readiness from the military base in Kant, Kyrgyzstan will participate. Paratroopers and special force will be examined for mobility.
"As for the Navy, in August they will go to the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea”, said the Interim Defense Minister.
The aircraft to command and control troops in the event of a nuclear war is being built on the basis of the new wide-body Ilyushin Il-96-400M