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Published:August 18th, 2007 10:06 EST
Peace Mission 2007 exercise starts in Tchebarkul

Peace Mission 2007 exercise starts in Tchebarkul

By SOP newswire

The Peace Mission 2007 antiterrorist joint exercise of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) started in Tchebarkul, Volga-Urals Military District.

The Peace Mission 2007 opening ceremony took place at the Tchebarkul training ground.

“Per se this is the first such training as units from Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan did not take part in the joint training on August 6 as they arrived a day later and only observed the exercises," Colonel Igor Konashenkov said.

He also added that airborne troops landing operation will not be executed because of weather.

But the Russian AF will enable six Il-76 transport planes, eighti Su-25 battleplanes, 12 Mi-24 and 12 Mi-8 helicopters. China will provide six Il-76 aircraft, eight battleplanes, 24 helicopters (and 8 in reserve).

Peace Mission 2007 will involve all six SCO countries (Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan), nearly 6,000 troops and 100 aircraft.