20 June 2011 18:58

Over 3,000 Russian, Kazakh military to take part in joint war game.

ASTANA. June 20. KAZINFORM A joint Russian-Kazakh operational-tactical command-and-staff military exercise begins on Monday in Kazakhstan, sources from the Kazakh Defence Ministry report.

According to Itar-Tass, the Shygys-2011 war game will involve over 3,000 military as well as over 500 vehicles and armoured vehicles, over 30 aircraft. "Reservists will for the first time take part in an exercise of this kind," ministry sources stressed.

Russian military, arriving in Kazakhstan are led by the commander of the Central Military District, Lieutenant-General Vladimir Chirkin. The Shygys training ground will be the main ground of the military exercise. "Within a week, motorized, tank and artillery units as well as assault landing units will exercise to reach a high level of synchronisation, ministry sources say. The same task is facing the command of the exercise.

Several other training ranges will be used in the exercise. June 29 will be the final day of the war game. On the day of the active phase, military from the two countries will stage an imaginary combat operation, demonstrating a high level of teamwork reached during the exercise.

Under the scenario, a coalition group of Kazakh and Russian military will stage a joint operation to stabilize the situation in the region, where an imaginary military conflict took place.

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