Russia plans to hold massive war games involving 300,000 personnel next month – its biggest military manoeuvres since a Cold War drill in 1981.
Vostok 2018 (vostok is Russian for East) is a large-scale upcoming Russian military exercise, to be held from 11 to 15 September 2018, throughout Siberia and the country’s Far East.
It is said that this exercise will be the largest to be held in Russia since “Zapad-81” held by the Soviet Union in 1981.
More than 1000 aircraft, almost 300,000 troops and almost all the ranges of the central and the eastern military districts would be involved.
The Zapad exercises in 1981 involved about 100,000 to 150,000 troops and were the largest Soviet war games ever held.
China and Mongolia plan to participate in Vostok 2018.