3 Nisan 2015 Cuma
Russian Jets Start War Games In Armenia
Russia’s newly modernized fighter jets deployed in Armenia began on Thursday three-day exercises aimed at boosting their combat readiness and interoperability with ground forces of the Russian military base headquartered in Gyumri.
“The exercises involve around 100 servicemen from the flying and servicing personnel of the [Russian Air Force] detachment and 30 pieces of military aviation and special hardware,” the Russian military’s Southern District said in a statement.
The Russian military presence is a major element of the South Caucasus country’s defense doctrine. Armenian leaders say it is primarily needed for precluding Turkey’s direct military intervention on Azerbaijan’s side in the event of another war for Nagorno-Karabakh. Russian and Armenian soldiers practiced a joint operation against an imaginary enemy codenamed “Ottomania” when they last held joint drills in September.