Exercise ‘Tsentr’ is an annual showcase of Russian military power, pulling together regional allies for a comprehensive series of war games.

Su-34 ‘Fullbacks’ taxi out at Chelyabinsk during ‘Tsentr 2019’. The exercise involved two Su-34 squadrons working closely with ‘Fencer’ units.

THE RUSSIAN MILITARY’S largest exercise of the year took place over five days from September 16-20. Exercise ‘Tsentr’ (‘Center’) was conducted under the leadership of Gen Valery Gerasimov, the chief of the general staffand first deputy minister of defense. The scale of the exercise means that it serves as an annual demonstration of military readiness in Russia, and it specifically revolves around strategic command and control including six combined-arms ranges in the Central and Southern Military Districts of Russia, as well as the Caspian Sea and neighboring states.

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