Tajikistan participates in joint air defense drill


DUSHANBE, October 5, 2012, Asia-Plus — Tajikistan is participating in a joint air defense drill, dubbed Chistoye Nebo (Clear Sky).

An official source at the Ministry of Defense of Tajikistan (MoD), says the Chistoye Nebo 2012 exercise is being conducted in Kazakh, Kyrgyz and Tajik airspace from October 5 to October 16.

Tajikistan is represented at the exercise by the operational group of the Ministry of Defense, led by Colonel Saidahmad Umarov, the deputy commander of Air and Air Defense Forces.

The main purpose of the exercise is reportedly to rehearse interaction between air defense forces of Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia within the CIS unified air defense system.  The exercise’s scenario is based on intercepting cruise missile attack.

Meanwhile, RIA Novosti, referring to Russian Defense Ministry Air Force spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Vladimir Deryabin, reports that Russian and Central Asian military pilots are…

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