Ukraine's anti-aircraft missile units will conduct over 100 drills in 2017 - Defense Ministry

Ukraine's anti-aircraft missile units will conduct over 100 drills in 2017 - Defense MinistryThe Ukrainian Defense Ministry will conduct over 100 exercises this year, to practice coherence among anti-aircraft missile units, in particular, a live fire exercise with Buk-M1 surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems will take place in Kherson region, ministry spokesman Dmytro Hutsuliak said.

"To ensure coherence among our anti-aircraft missile units, we are planning to conduct around 50 tactical exercises with command staffs of brigades, regiments, and core units, almost 25 tactical exercises with Buk-M1 surface-to-air missile batteries and around 35 tactical-specific exercises with logistic units," Hutsuliak said at a briefing in Kyiv.

During the Saber Guardian 2017 multinational exercise at Shabla training range in Bulgaria, Ukrainian S-300 SAM units will take part in a live-fire drill, the spokesman said.

"Units armed with Buk-M1s will conduct a live fire drill at the Yahorlik training range in Kherson region," he said.

Certain radar troops and crews operating radio-electronic equipment of the Ukrainian Air Forces will be practicing monthly maneuvers that will involve deployments to new position areas.

Also, a number of tactical-specific exercises will be held with practice launches of spy drones.

"Classes with teachers and cadets at Ukrainian Armed Forces training institutions will be held with the active involvement of foreign instructors from the NATO member states," Hutsuliak said.
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