YEREVAN (RIA Novosti/Armenpress)–The tenth joint Russian-Armenian military exercises concluded Tuesday at the Marshal Bagramyan firing range in Armenia.
Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) secretary general Nikolay Bordyuzha–Armenian president Robert Kocharian and a legion of top brass traveled to the testing ground some 30 kilometers outside of Yerevan to watch the exercises between the 545th Armenian motorized rifle regiment and the 128th Russian motorized rifle regiment. About 1,037 soldiers–294 units of military hardware–including missile air defense complex S-300–four Su-25 assault fighters–four MiG-29 fighters–four Mi-24 helicopters and two Mi-8 helicopters took part in the exercise.
The 102nd Russian military base was deployed in Armenia in 1995 in accordance with intergovernmental agreemen’s. The base performs combat duty in the region within the framework of the CIS joint air defense system–with S-300 missile air defense complexes–MiG-29 fighters and some 5,000 military personnel.