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Peace Mission 2010 stages live-ammunition drill

09-25-2010 08:36 BJT Special Report:2010 Peace Mission Drill |

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The live-ammunition phase of the SCO Peace Mission 2010 anti-terror drill has begun in Kazakhstan. 5,000 troops from five of the six SCO member states -- China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan are involved.

The exercise started at 9am local time Friday at a training ground in south Kazakhstan.

The anti-terrorism drill involved more than a hundred unit of artillery firing a hail of shells onto a battlefield of mock terrorists.

Senior military officials from S-O-C member states issued orders from the base, before troops put them into action on the frontline.

Two H-6 bombers accompanied by J-10 fighter jets dropped a barrage of bombs on the target area.

The bombers took off from northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, and swiftly returned to base after the attack.

It's the first time that Chinese air fighters have participated in an international drill of such a large scale.

Fighter pilots then landed their aircraft and proceeded to hunt down mock terrorists.

Later, 96 special force combatants leapt from a helicopter to complete the final wave of attack.

The drill continued after nightfall.

Defense Ministers from the five participating countries were on the spot to monitor the drill.

Peace Mission 2010, which concludes on Saturday, is the seventh joint drill within the framework of the SCO and demonstrates member nations' high level of cooperation to fighting terrorism.

The live-ammunition phase of the SCO Peace Mission 2010 anti-terror drill has
begun in Kazakhstan. 5,000 troops from five of the six SCO member states -- China,
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan are involved.


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