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Russian Eastern Military District Gets New Air Force, Air Defense Army

© Sputnik / Pavel LisitsynTor-M2U missile systems during the first rehearsal of the Victory Parade in Yekaterinburg.
Tor-M2U missile systems during the first rehearsal of the Victory Parade in Yekaterinburg. - Sputnik International
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Russia has established an Air Force and Air Defense Army in its Eastern Military District that will perform exercises in the Sea of Japan and the Pacific Ocean, press-secretary for the regional command, Col. Alexander Gordeyev, said Friday.

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The reorganization was instigated to improve the effectiveness of the Russian military's command and control, as well as improving the organization of peacetime activities and troop-mobilization planning.

"The 11th Air Force and Air Defense Army was formed in the Eastern Military District. It is composed of formations and military units of the 3rd Air Force and Air Defense Command, stationed in the Far East and Eastern Siberia," Gordeyev was quoted as saying by the Russian Defense Ministry.

The airspace of eleven of Russia's federal subjects and more than 22 thousand kilometers (13.7 thousand miles) of its land and maritime borders fall under the new unit's responsibility.

"The pilots are performing combat training missions in the gulfs of the Seas of ​​Okhotsk, Japan, Chukchi, and the East Siberian Sea, in the Pacific Ocean and in the Arctic zone of responsibility of the Eastern Military District", the Defense Ministry said.

The Eastern Military District is one of the four operational strategic commands of the Russian Armed Forces. The district was formed by a Presidential Decree, signed in September 2010.

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