The servicemen of Russia
and Mongolia will simulate reconnaissance and counterterrorism operations
during joint military drills.
(Sputnik) — Representatives of Russia's Eastern Military District
(EMD) and the Mongolian Armed Forces have chosen reconnaissance operations and
illegal armed groups elimination to be practiced at the upcoming
Selenga-2016 joint Russian-Mongolian military exercises, the head the EMD's
press service said Monday.
"At the second round of consultations on planning
the joint Russian-Mongolian Selenga-2016 exercises, the subject of the
practical part of the drill was defined. A joint group of troops will
practice conducting reconnaissance and search operations in a designated
area, as well as blocking and eliminating simulated illegal armed
groups," Alexander Gordeev told reporters.
round of consultations was held in early February.
The sides previously agreed to hold the drills between August 29 and
September 7 at the Burduny training range in Buryatia, with some
2,000 service personnel taking part in total. The final round of
consultations is due to be held in July.
The EMD will send a tank battalion, a motorized
infantry squadron, mortar, self-propelled howitzer and missile divisions,
as well as air defense and reconnaissance units, the spokesman said,
adding that Mongolia will send an infantry battalion task force, infantry
fighting vehicles, armored personnel carriers, T-72 tanks, BM-21 Grad multiple
rocket launcher systems, mortars and ZSU-23-4 Shilka self-propelled
The Selenga-2016 will be the
ninth joint exercise between Mongolia and Russia since 2008.