Sputnik Offers Glimpse Into Slavic Brotherhood-2016 Drill in Serbia (VIDEO)

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On Saturday Sputnik Serbia had an exclusive chance to watch the Slavic Brotherhood-2016 live fire exercise by Serbian, Belarusian and Russian military units. We asked General Zoran Velickovic to say a few words about the joint drill.

“This exercise is being held as part of our preparations for counterterrorism operations we are going to conduct both in Serbia and abroad as part of international battalions,” General Velickovic told Sputnik Serbia.

“We have held such exercises before and we have always been happy to have a chance to share combat experience with the mighty Russian army and other armies too,” he added.

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During the drill held at Pasuljanske livade range, the Belarusian and Serbian military watched Russian military drones, including the Takhion, conduct reconnaissance fights over “enemy” positions.

The Takhion UAV, unveiled two years ago, was immediately put into service at the Russian military base in Armenia.

Developed to conduct reconnaissance missions to support ground forces, the Takhion has a maximum range of 40 kilometers. It is equipped with  video, photo and infrared cameras.

In addition, the Takhion drone can be used as a radio relay station, which can smoothly operate at a height of up to four thousand meters above sea level.

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This drone-turned-relay station is capable of operating at temperatures between —30 and + 40 C.

The UAV has a liftoff weight of about 25 kg and can stay in the air for up to 6 hours.

The Slavic Brotherhood-2016 joint exercise runs until November 9.

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