Russia has moved its tanks to a training ground near the Afghanistan border as part of its preparations for a military drill scheduled next month.

According to a Russian Ministry of Defence statement, tank crews from the 201st military base stationed in Tajikistan travelled 200km from the Lyaur training ground to the Kharb-Maydon training ground near the Afghanistan border.

During the deployment, the T-72 tank crew engaged in different activities, which included protecting convoys of military vehicles and repelling mock enemy attacks.

The joint military drill will be held on 5-10 August in the Khatlon region of the Republic of Tajikistan at the Kharb-Maydo training ground. Military contingents from Russia, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan will participate in the exercise.

The statement added: “The basis of the Russian military contingent will be the units of the 201st military base, including mountain motorised rifle, tank, artillery units, as well as groups of a special separate special purpose unit of the central military district.

“In addition, specialists of the NBC protection and mobile electronic warfare groups will be involved in the exercise.”

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Separately, Russian troops will also conduct a joint exercise with the Armed Forces of Uzbekistan in the Surkhandarya region.

The exercise will be held from 30 July to 10 August and will involve 1,500 servicemen and 200 units of military equipment, including aircraft.

Recently, Russia’s Rostec announced plans to conduct firing trials of the Sprut-SDM1 light amphibious tank on the Black Sea.