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Motorized Infantry Troops Perform Live Fire Drills in East Russia

© Sputnik / Evgeny BiyatovTank T-72B3 during equipment demonstration at the International Military-Technical Forum “ARMY-2015” in Moscow region
Tank T-72B3 during equipment demonstration at the International Military-Technical Forum “ARMY-2015” in Moscow region - Sputnik International
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Up to 1,500 of Russia’s Eastern Military District (EMD) motorized infantry troops kicked off the new academic year with active fire drills, the EMD press service said on Thursday.

BLAGOVESHCHENSK (Amur Region), (Sputnik) – Motorized infantry troops worked out interoperability with artillery and air defense units in the field exercises at a training ground in the Russian Republic of Buryatia.

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"Squads and crews performed live firing from T-72B3 tanks, BTR-80 armored personnel carriers, BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicles, Sani mortars, AGS-17 automatic grenade launchers and RPG-7 rocket-propelled grenades," the district said.

The exercises included countering simulated attacks by enemy air forces and sabotage groups, as well as conducting engineering, radiation, chemical and biological reconnaissance missions.

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