Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Russia and North America join anti-terror air drills

The Russian Air Force and NORAD, the US and Canadian joint air defense command, will hold a second round of anti-terrorism exercises this month.

“The main aim of the drills is to improve the Russian Air Force’s and NORAD’s capabilities for fighting terrorism in the air,” Igor Muginov, the Commander-in-Chief of the Eastern military district, said on Monday.

The Aug. 8-11 exercises will include airborne early warning and control (AWACS) and refueling aircraft, and combat aircraft.

The first Russian-NORAD joint anti-terrorism drills, dubbed Vigilant Eagle, took place in 2010.

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