Russia’s Northern Fleet Marine Corps has conducted anti-aircraft drills in the Pechenga District of Murmansk in the Arctic region.

The live-fire exercise was carried out by the air defence units at a military training ground near Lake Santayarvi.

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During the exercise, the marines used portable Igla and Strela-10 anti-aircraft missile systems based on lightly armoured tracked transporters to destroy aerial targets.

Russia’s Ministry of Defence said in a statement: “The air defence batteries covered the marine units in the positional area, on the march and on the offensive.

“Combat crews of anti-aircraft gunners performed firing on the move at suddenly appearing targets, imitating the helicopters of a mock enemy.”

The exercise also included engaging mock sabotage and reconnaissance groups of the enemy, as well as overcoming conditionally contaminated areas of the terrain.

Around 100 personnel were involved in the drill.

Separately, the crews of naval aviation and the army aviation of the Southern Military District conducted a tactical flight exercise with helicopters of the Black Sea Fleet.

The drill involved helicopter pilots performing single and double flights, as well as piloting in the dark to enhance flying skills in low cloud conditions and to practice actions for the use of electronic suppression systems.

Mi-28N, Ka-52, and Mi-35 attack helicopters and Mi-8 and Ka-27 helicopters were involved in the exercise.

Earlier this month, the Russian Navy successfully tested the Zircon hypersonic missile. The missile was fired from Yasen-class nuclear-powered cruise missile submarine Severodvinsk.