Moscow tests final ‘nuclear triad’ element with snap mobile strategic missile drills

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Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces on 1 June began a series of 50 large-scale missile regiment-level and “special tactical” exercises, lasting more than one month, Colonel Igor Egorov of the country’s Defence Ministry has announced.

The exercises involve the rapid deployment and break-out to field positions of 30 missile regiments and manoeuvring Topol, Topol-M, and Yars mobile missile systems along combat patrol routes in rugged terrain, with nuclear, biological, and chemical (NBC) reconnaissance crews protecting them.

About 30% of the exercises will be surprise drills, which will continue unannounced throughout the year. Close combat training with security and protection units will also take place.

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