Fighters of the Chinese army were relocated to the military airfield of the Chelyabinsk region, Russian Federation, to participate in the international training of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) “Peace Mission – 2018”, reports the Central Military District (TsVO).
“Fighters of the People’s Liberation Army of China (PLA) have been sent to the Shagol military airdrome in the Chelyabinsk region to participate in the international training of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Peace Mission-2018.
As part of the PLA air group, there were two multipurpose fighter “Shenyang J-11”, four fighter-bomber Xian JH-7 and six multi-purpose transport aircraft Shaanxi Y-9, “the report said.
Earlier, four multipurpose Mi-171 helicopters, four G-10 attack helicopters and two Il-76 transport aircraft arrived at the Shagol airfield. Thus, the entire Chinese air group has been relocated to the Chelyabinsk region.
During the exercises, the pilots will work out the issues of relocation to reserve airfields, covering troops on the routes of deployment, landing of personnel, conducting aerial reconnaissance, as well as delivering missile and bomb strikes against ground targets, clarifies the TsVO.
More than three thousand servicemen and more than 500 units of weapons and military equipment will be used in the course of the joint anti-terrorist exercise of the member countries of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) “Peace Mission – 2018”.
The anti-terrorist doctrine “Peace Mission” is held on the territory of the SCO member states every two years. The last maneuvers were conducted in 2016 in Kyrgyzstan at the “Edelweiss” training ground near the Issyk-Kul lake.
Russia and China have been drilling together for well over a decade, with the aim of being a single coordinated fighting force in the event of a major world conflict. It is clear that even if isolated, the Russian and Chinese militaries combined, could defeat virtually any coalition of other world militaries, including NATO.
It is perhaps on this footing, along with China’s economic might, that the two countries are able to engage in global politics and international relations on the basis of sovereignty. It is for these reasons that Russia and China are seen as ‘threats’ to the west’s former global hegemonic prowess.