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    Russian Drones Help Destroy Simulated Enemy at CSTO Drills in Kyrgyzstan

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    The UAV group's reconnaissance stage allowed the detection, isolation and destruction of simulated armed groups numbering over 150 people.

    EDELWEISS RANGE (Kyrgyzstan), (Sputnik) — Russia's Orlan, Eleron and Zastava unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) have been deployed for reconnaissance missions over mountainous terrain at Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) drills in Kyrgyzstan, the Russian Central Military District said Wednesday.

    "Bombing, assault and army aviation, conventional and rocket artillery and mortar units strike the positions and approach routes of illegal armed groups revealed with the help of the UAVs," an aide to the district’s commander Col. Yaroslav Roshchupkin said.

    The UAV group's reconnaissance stage allowed the detection, isolation and destruction of simulated armed groups numbering over 150 people.

    Over 1,000 troops from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia, 200 armored vehicles and 20 aircraft and helicopters are taking part in Rubezh-2016 (Boundary-2016) anti-terrorist exercises. Their practical phase at the Edelweiss range in Kyrgyzstan are scheduled to wrap up on October 7.

    The CSTO is an intergovernmental military alliance of former Soviet states, which comprises Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, and Tajikistan.

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    Eleron, Orlan-10, Zastava, Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), Yaroslav Roshchupkin, Russia, Kyrgyzstan
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