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Azerbaijani army held over 20 tactical exercises in 2017, defense minister says


In accordance with the 2017 plan of troops training, the Azerbaijani army held more than 40 command-staff military games, trainings and mobilization exercises, as well as more than 20 tactical drills, said Defense Minister, Colonel General Zakir Hasanov, APA reports.

 

The minister noted that the exercises involved a large number of personnel, armored vehicles, missile and artillery units, aircraft and air defense units of the Air Force and anti-aircraft missile complexes equipped with modern air defense systems, naval vessels and boats of the Naval Forces, as well as special forces.

 

Hasanov recalled that large-scale exercises were conducted on the frontline in March this year in accordance with the plan approved by the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.

 

“The exercises involved about 25,000 personnel, about 250 tanks and other armored vehicles, up to 1,000 different types of missile and artillery pieces, rocket launchers and mortars, up to 50 different types of aircraft and helicopters. The aim of the exercises, which focused on the modeling of combat conditions and live fire, was to demonstrate the professionalism and combat capabilities of the governing bodies and troops and prepare for potential war," he added.  

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