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    Defense Minister said that Russian Armed Forces practiced forming and employing a powerful 150-aircraft-strong air assault force during the Center-2015 military exercises.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) The Russian Armed Forces practiced forming and employing a powerful 150-aircraft-strong air assault force during the Center-2015 military exercises, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Tuesday.

    "During the exercises, for the first time in recent history, the issues [related to] creating and using a powerful air assault force, comprising 150 aircraft from the assault, bomber and fighter disciplines, were tested," Shoigu said at a ministerial meeting.

    The Center-2015 command-staff exercises, held on September 14-20, involved around 95,000 troops and some 7,000 pieces of military equipment from member-countries of the Russia-led Collective Security Treaty Organization.

    The aim of the drills was to practice containing a fictional international armed conflict in the Central Asian region. They included a number of command and staff training sessions, as well as practicing the full deployment of forces during special exercises.

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