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Friday 4 October 2019

Caspian Flotilla Conducts Massive Missile Drills in Dagestan

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MOSCOW (Ruptly) — Russian Caspian Fleet troops carried out missile drills using Tornado-G rocket launchers at the Dalniy firing range in the Republic of Dagestan, footage published by the Russian Ministry of Defence shows.

During the exercises, which took place on Wednesday, artillery crews launched more than 400 missiles against a simulated enemy, the ministry said in a statement.

The Tornado-G multiple launch rocket system is an upgraded version of the Grad complex. The main difference between the two is Tornado-G’s more advanced fire control system with satellite navigation and a ballistic computer.

The Caspian Flotilla’s headquarters are located in Astrakhan, but were historically in Baku (now in Azerbaijan) from 1867 until 1991. Following the Dissolution of the Soviet Union, the fleet shrank, and the Kazakh contingent was removed to serve as a basis for Kazakhstan’s naval service. For several years, Russia continued to lead a joint Turkmen-Russian force based at Astrakhan.

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