Russian Aerospace Forces Conducted 30,000 Bomb, Rocket Attacks in 2016 Drills

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The Russian Aerospace Forces conducted about 30,000 bombardments and rocket attacks as part of drills held in 2016, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Monday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The number of the military exercises with participation of the Aerospace Forces in 2016 surpassed 50.

"During the exercises [in 2016], the Aerospace Forces' groups and units had clocked up more than 340,000 flying hours, had conducted almost 30,000 bombing attacks and launches of aircraft rockets, more than 650 sorties to facilitate the activities of the troops," the statement said, adding that 2016 had become the first year of the Aerospace Forces' full-scale operation.

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According to the statement, the Aerospace Forces also received more than 350 pieces of advanced military equipment, including the Su-34 attack aircraft, Ka-52 helicopters and S-400 air defense systems, in 2016.

On August 1, 2015, Russia established the Aerospace Forces as a result of integration of the Air Force and Aerospace Defense Forces. The branch of the Russian Armed Forces is responsible for repelling aerospace threats, aviation support of troops, space facility observing and launching spacecraft, including military and dual-purpose satellite systems, among other tasks

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