Russian Federation includes China in biggest war games in decades

Marsha Scott
September 14, 2018

Hundreds of Chinese armoured combat vehicles, attack helicopters, fighter jets and thousands of soldiers take part in the biggest military exercise in Russian Federation since 1981, in a show of strength and friendship between Asia's two largest military powers.

The week-long exercise dubbed "Vostok-2018" also includes the Mongolian army.

The worldwide military exercise, named Vostok-2018, will involve 300,000 soldiers, 36,000 military vehicles, 1,000 planes and 80 warships, according to Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu.

About 3,200 Chinese troops, more than 900 pieces of weaponry and 30 fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters will participate in joint training to conduct fire strike and counterattacks, the Chinese Defense Ministry said. If we recall the "Zapad 2017", simultaneously with this event Russian Federation conducted its exercises coordinated with the "Zapad" on its territory.

Details about the Sino-Russo joint military exercise, which is called "Vostok" war games, revealed the extent of the activity.

Eighty warships are taking part and the Russian fleet is deploying several frigates equipped with Kalibr missiles - the same type that been used in Syria.

The war games, Vostok 2018, last a whole week after being launched on.

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The five-day games kicked off simultaneously at five of the designated training grounds located around the Far East Russian region as well as in the maritime areas such as that of the East Sea (Sea of Japan) and the Bering Sea.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and European governments are eyeing the exercises closely, watching to see what they reveal about military co-operation between Russian Federation and China, and their mounting military might.

Watling, an expert at RUSI, said the drills also help Russian Federation and China develop their capacity to make small-scale interventions in hotspots overseas, as Russian Federation already appears to be doing in the Central African Republic, as a means to have more heft on the world's stage.

Russian Federation is ready to carry out its most extensive military drill in nearly four decades.

She added: "China has growing military capabilities and is playing an increasingly significant global role". Mongolia is also taking part in the drill.

But Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the latest exercises are even larger.

"The reason is a simple one: unlike the rest of the world, Russian Federation thinks that a state of hostility now exists between it and Europe which is just as risky and threatening as during the Cold War, and it needs to prepare for warfare on a huge scale accordingly".

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