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China and Russia conduct maritime joint defense operation drill

(China Military Online)

09:48, July 11, 2013

PETER the GREAT GULF, July 10 (ChinaMil) -- China and Russia successfully conducted a maritime joint defense operation drill during their maritime joint exercise code-named "Maritime Joint Exercise 2013" on July 9, 2013, local time, in Russia's Peter the Great Gulf. In the form of random directing and adjusting, the drill focused on free confrontation, so as to test training levels and technical and tactical capabilities of the participating troop units.

The joint defense operation drill kicked off in dense fog. In the following 10-odd hours, the participating officers and men of the two sides conducted the drill on six subjects, namely, joint air-defense, maritime replenishment, breaking through areas with submarine threat, joint escort, jointly rescuing hijacked ship and shooting maritime targets.

In the subject of joint air-defense, a pilot freely flew a Su-24 fighter aircraft from high-altitude maneuvering to low-altitude penetration according to tactical needs. On the drill site, the reporter saw that the maritime taskforce properly and comprehensively used its force, and according to different performances of weaponry and equipment of all the warships, timely formed air-defense formation, built a multi-layered air-defense system, timely found and locked on to targets, and effectively organized such weapons as guided missiles, main guns and secondary guns to fight and intercept "enemy" fighters.

In the subject of breaking through areas with submarine threat, the "enemy" was a Kilo-class conventional submarine known as "ocean black hole", which features good quietness, strong invisibility, great submerged endurance and powerful firepower. After a two-hour-long battle of wits and courage, the joint taskforce launched a multi-wave simulated strike, destroyed the "enemy" submarine, and successfully broke through the areas with submarine threat.

To prevent submarine attacks, the taskforce formed an anti-submarine formation and intensified the search for covered sea areas; and meanwhile, it maneuvered rapidly and constantly changed its route and speed, so as to make it difficult for "enemy" submarines to locate ship targets. To ensure the safety of their warships, the two sides timely built mathematical models and made the use of each tactics accurate to second.

In the subject of anti-ship attack, the guided missile destroyers of the Chinese side including the "Lanzhou" warship and the main warships of the Russian Pacific Fleet, which had such advantages as advanced electronic warfare equipment and long firing range, engaged in an evenly-matched combat. To find and strike the "enemy" first was the key to the success of the confrontation. Through the comparison of real-time battlefield data by the Joint Directing Department, the two sides were resolutely determined on the confrontation and were strict, careful and rapid in launching guided missile attacks, and the weapon systems responded quickly and accurately, achieving the desired effect of the drill.

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