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In a news report on 30 March, Russian Defence Ministry-controlled Zvezda TV showed what it said was the first exercise this year by the Airborne Troops in Ulyanovsk Region, during which personnel and materiel were parachuted. New "know-how" in service was tested. It was correspondent Aleksey Koshkin's report.
The exercise scenario was that a "critical facility" was targeted by "unlawful combatants". The role of the Andromeda automated command and control system at the "brigade-to-battalion" level was highlighted.
Video from 0505 to 0508 gmt showed troops in white overalls on a military range in the snow; a large helicopter named as Mi-26 in the air; troops as they …