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Russian, U.S. Pilots To Conduct Joint Military Exercises

Russian Air Force Commander Aleksandr Zelin said today that Russian and U.S. military pilots will participate in joint exercises, reportedly the first time that has ever happened.

Zelin said U.S.-Russian drills will be held in Russia in 2012 and then in the United States in 2013.

Zelin confirmed Russian pilots would be flying "either MiG-29SMT or Su-35" warplanes in the U.S.-based exercises.

He did not say how many warplanes would take part.

Russia and NATO conducted a simulated hijacking exercise in June aimed at tracking a plane through both sides' airspace and eventually forcing a plane to land.

compiled from agency reports

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