Possible terrorist inflow in Central Asia from Afghan borders: Russian Air Force starts exercises to destroy terrorist positions in Kyrgyzstan
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan: Russian Air Force is performing simulation exercises to destroy terrorist positions in Kyrgyzstan while it is giving training to Tajik army to counter any possible terrorist attacks or inflow coming from Afghan borders.
To pre-empt any terrorist attack in Kyrgyzstan, the Russian Air Force has started air exercises in Kyrgyz airspace and these exercises will continue till June 26. Russia and Central Asian states are working together to counter any terrorist attacks or inflow of terrorists from Afghanistan to Central Asian countries after intelligence information about possible inflow of hardcore terrorists from Afghanistan. Russia believes that Islamic State (IS) terrorists are present in 24 out of 35 provinces of Afghanistan and gathering in areas bordering Tajikistan to attack weak Tajik border security forces.
It may be mentioned that the training for junior specialists of the Defence Ministry of Tajikistan has also started at 201st Russian military base located in Tajikistan. Russian Army is housing military base according to the Agreement of the presence of the formation on the territory of Tajikistan.
According to details, crews of scouting, attack and army aviation started performance of practical tasks according to the scenario of flight tactical exercise with the airbase Kant located in the Republic of Kirgizia (Kyrgyzstan)
Russia is using Orlan, Forpost UAVs and Mi-8MTV helicopters to search for firing positions, caches with ammunition, basing camps of illegal armed groups at the mountain ranges near the lake Issyk Kul. Crews of Su-25 attack aircraft are using weapons such as bombs, guns and unguided rockets to engage these targets.
The Kant Air Base hosts the Russian Air Force’s 5th Air Army’s 999th Air Base positioned in Kyrgyzstan. The Kant airbase is also a structural subdivision of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO).
Kant is a town in the Chuy Valley of northern Kyrgyzstan, some 20 kilometres (12 mi) east of Bishkek. It is the administrative center of the Ysyk-Ata District (formerly Kant District). Kant city was established in 1928 by former USSR.
Meanwhile Russian military authorities confirm that over 1 000 military specialists of Tajikistan are under training within Tajikistan to combat any terrorist attack. The courses will be conducted simultaneously at three ranges of the formation – Lyaur, Sambuli and Momirak.
Russians are giving training to Tajik army to use T-72 tanks, MLRS Grad, infantry fighting vehicles BPM-2, armoured personnel carriers BTR-80, as well as sappers.
The servicemen who pass the theoretical and practical exams after training will participate in the joint exercises of Russian and Tajikistan armies.