Russia, Tajikistan Use Drones in Joint Military Exercises

The armed forces of Russia and Tajikistan used drones in their joint military drills near the Tajik capital of Dushanbe, an aide to the Central Military District’s commander, Col. Yaroslav Roshchupkin, said Monday.

 

The armed forces of Russia and Tajikistan used drones in their joint military drills near the Tajik capital of Dushanbe, an aide to the Central Military District’s commander, Col. Yaroslav Roshchupkin, said Monday.

 “As part of the combat training actions against illegal armed groups in mountain and mountainous regions, unmanned aerial vehicles conducted optical and electronic intelligence, searched for hypothetical armed groups…”, he said.

He added that the drills were focused on developing a united approach to countering illegal armed groups and joint tactical operations.

In May, the Russian and Tajik armed forces also held drone drills in Tajikistan’s Pamir Mountains to practice using drones against illegal armed groups in areas of high altitude.On Friday, clashes between Tajik government forces and an armed gang in the capital of Dushanbe and in the city of Vahdat, located some six miles away, left over 30 police officers and nine gang members dead.

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Post-Soviet security bloc defense ministers agree to change military-technical policy

CSTO defense ministers also discussed “the situation in the Central Asian region, the challenges faced by Tajikistan and other regional countries and the processes under way in Afghanistan”
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DUSHANBE, June 4. /TASS/. A number of significant measures, including on upgrading the military-technical policy, will be taken following meeting of the Council of Defense Ministers of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) held earlier on Thursday in Dushanbe, CSTO Secretary General Nikolay Bordyuzha told reporters.r

“This concerns, above all, upgrading the organization’s legal framework and legislations of CSTO member-countries, especially in the light of issues we encountered during the transfer of the CSTO Collective Rapid Reaction Force to Tajikistan,” Bordyuzha said after the meeting.

In addition to that, some aspects of the military-technical policy conducted by the organization’s members will be updated as well. He didn’t specify what these changes would imply.

The CSTO Secretary General noted that prior to the meeting the defence ministers had been received by Tajikistan’s President Emomali Rahmon, adding that the meeting “grew into a very serious discussion of the situation in the Central Asian region, the challenges faced by Tajikistan and other regional countries and the processes under way in Afghanistan.”

According to Bordyuzha, the participants in the meeting came up with a number of proposals relating to the changing situation on the border, its deterioration and extremist activities. These proposals, coupled with the ones made during the meeting of the Council of Defense Ministers, “will be taken into consideration, serious conclusions will be drawn and concrete steps taken,” Bordyuzha said.

Russian Military Aircraft Deployed to Tajikistan for Joint Drills – Defense

Mi-24 helicopters

Four Russian Air Force aircraft have been transferred from their base in Kyrgyzstan to an airfield in Dushanbe in the neighboring Central Asian republic of Tajikistan as part of a snap combat readiness check, the Russian Defense Ministry’s press service said Thursday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — A number of Russian Mi-24 and Mi-8 helicopters were also transported to the Dushanbe airfield as part of the drills, according to the press release.

 

“As part of the snap inspection of combat readiness of the Collective Rapid Reaction Force (CRRF) of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), which started on May 12, two Su-25 assault aircraft and two Su-24 bombers were redeployed from the Russian air base in Kant to Dushanbe,” the statement said.Overall, some 500 Russian servicemen and 60 pieces of military equipment are expected to take part in the exercises in Tajikistan.

On Tuesday, the Belarusian Defense Ministry said that the country’s servicemen would travel to Tajikistan to train with their counterparts from other CSTO member states, which also includes Armenia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.

The Organization’s rapid reaction force was established in 2009 to counter a limited military aggression against CSTO member states, as well as to combat terrorism and drug trafficking.

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CSTO states plan to set up collective air force

Russian Military Technologies,  22.12.2014
December 22 – Member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) plan to establish collective air force.
This issue was put on the agenda of a joint meeting between CSTO foreign, defense ministers and secretaries of security councils within a joint CSTO military cooperation development concept. Participants in the meeting will talk streamlining of Collective Rapid Response Forces and Collective Rapid Deployment Forces in Central Asian collective security region, Russian Defense Ministry said.
“Participants in the meeting will consider creation of CSTO collective air force. A plan of joint events in operational and combat training for 2015 is expected to be approved,” the defense agency noted.
Tajikistan’s CSTO presidency in 2015 will be given close attention. A CSTO session at which Tajikistan will take over regional organization’s presidency from Russia will be held in Moscow on December 23.
Photo: CSTO states plan to set up collective air force

December 22 - Member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) plan to establish collective air force.
This issue was put on the agenda of a joint meeting between CSTO foreign, defense ministers and secretaries of security councils within a joint CSTO military cooperation development concept. Participants in the meeting will talk streamlining of Collective Rapid Response Forces and Collective Rapid Deployment Forces in Central Asian collective security region, Russian Defense Ministry said.
“Participants in the meeting will consider creation of CSTO collective air force. A plan of joint events in operational and combat training for 2015 is expected to be approved,” the defense agency noted.
Tajikistan’s CSTO presidency in 2015 will be given close attention. A CSTO session at which Tajikistan will take over regional organization’s presidency from Russia will be held in Moscow on December 23.

Russia, Pakistan sign agreement on military cooperation

Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu

Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu

ISLAMABAD, November 20. /TASS/. Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu and his Pakistani counterpart Khawaja Asif signed a deal on military cooperation on Thursday in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad.Shoigu said after talks with Pakistan’s defense minister that the agreement is an important step towards strengthening ties between Moscow and Islamabad in the military sphere.

“During the meeting, we agreed that bilateral military cooperation should have a great practical focus and contribute to increasing combat efficiency of our armed forces,” Shoigu said.

Shoigu earlier expressed confidence that the implementation of this agreement will give an additional impetus to all the aspects of Russia-Tajikistan cooperation.

The minister said the sides discussed a range of specific events of particular importance.

This is the first visit by Russia’s defense minister to Pakistan after the collapse of the former Soviet Union. The latest visit took place as far back as 1969, when USSR Defense Minister Andrey Grechko made a trip to the country.

Russia and Pakistan to fight terrorism, drugs together

Russia and Pakistan will pool effort in the struggle against terrorism and drug trafficking with due account of the current situation in Afghanistan and the region as a whole Shoigu said during the visit.

“We shared views on the scope of pressing problems of international and regional security. First of all, this concerns Afghanistan. Our assessments of the situation in that country are mainly close or coincide,” the Russian minister noted.

“We are interested in soonest peaceful settlement of problems amassed here,” he said, adding that easing tensions in the region is one of the priority tasks for the world community.

The two ministers focused on importance of joint effort to fight international terrorism and drug trafficking, Shoigu noted.

Tests of space monitoring complex completed

17.11.2014  Siberian Insider

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Air and space defense troops have completed state tests of the Russian Okno space monitoring complex, which is located in Tajikistan, a Russian Defense Ministry official said.

Work is continuing on the Okno to prepare the system for operation as part of the main space surveillance center of the air and space defense troops’ command, spokesman Alexey Zolotukhin said.

The Okno (Window) complex is located near the city of Nurek, Tajikistan, at a height of 2,200 meters above sea level in mountains. The system is designed to automatically detect space objects at altitudes from 120 to 40,000 km.

Over 100 warplanes take part in former Soviet states air defense drills

Warplanes of fighter, bombing, assault and long-range aviation as well as 130 command control posts are involved in the military exercises

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MOSCOW, October 21. /TASS/. Seven Commonwealth of Independent States CIS states began air defense drills on Tuesday. Around 100 warplanes of fighter, bombing, assault and long-range aviation as well as 130 command control posts are involved in the military exercises of the united air defense system, the press service of Russian Defense Ministry told TASS.Air defense forces from Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan are participating in the drills. The Command Center of the Russian Aerospace Defense Forces in Moscow region supervises these war games.

The crews will conduct maneuvers in the airspace of Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.