All airborne troops to undergo Arctic training
All units of the Russian Airborne Forces will undergo Arctic training in the future, Airborne Forces Commander Colonel-General Vladimir Shamanov said in an interview with the Rossiya 24 TV channel. Servicemen of the 106th Airborne Assault Division based near Tula will be the first to train in the Arctic.
"In line with the General Staff's decision, we are cooperating with the Northern Fleet's Command. We rehearsed defensive and offensive tasks together with the coast guard. The exercises involved the 98th Airborne Landing Division. And beginning from the second half of this year we will be actively engaging the 106th Tula division so that all units gain practical experience in northern latitudes," Mr. Shamanov said.
The intensity of Airborne Forces' operational and tactical training during the winter training season has increased by 17 percent, he added. Along with combat training in the Arctic, the paratroopers will continue search-and-rescue and relief operations near the North Pole.