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    The military units responsible for operating the Iskander-M mobile missile have departed from the southern Russian region of Krasnodar to nearby Astrakhan Region for drills involving controlled missile launches against imaginary targets, spokesman for Russia's Southern Military District Col. Vadim Astafyev said Monday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The drills are taking place within the framework of planned combat training activities and involve more than 400 people and about 100 pieces of equipment.

    "The servicemen will have to march in a combined way for a total of about 1,000 kilometers [about 620 miles]. In the course of the march through the rugged terrain, at least ten combat training tasks will be carried out, including mirroring attacks of imaginary enemy subversive and reconnaissance groups, overcoming infested areas of the terrain, deploying the complexes, and conducting conventional missile strikes against specified targets," the spokesman said.

    During the march, Russia's Southern Military District will evaluate commanders' ability in making their own decisions under different circumstances, as well as the practical skills of the military unit in preparation of complexes for shooting and launching missiles electronically.

    military drills, Iskander-M ballistic missile systems, Southern Military District, Russia, Astrakhan region
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