Armenia to host military drills of CRRF
The Ivanovskaya 98th Airborne Division will take part in military drills of the Collective Rapid Reaction Forces of the CSTO in Armenia in September, RIA Novosti cites Colonel-General Vladimir Shamanov, Commander of the Russian Airborne Forces.
Russian Airborne Troops will also take part in the Kavkaz-2012 drills in the Southern Military District on September 17-23. The 7th Guards Air Assault Division of Novorossiysk will be involved. Airborne operations will be organized at Kapustin Yar (Astrakhan Region), Ashuluk (Astrakhan Region) and Rayevskoye (Krasnodar Territory).
The Armenian Defense Ministry is assisting in preparing and carrying out the big military drills.
The CRRF are used to countering aggression, holding joint counter-terrorism operations, combating transnational organized crime and drug smuggling and assisting in emergency situations. The forces consist of about 20,000 troops, half of whom are Russian soldiers and officers.