China will send its H-6K strategic bombers, J-10A fighters, JH-7A fighter-bombers and IL-76 transport aircraft to participate in the upcoming International Army Games, which will start in Russia on July 28.
“Participation in the International Army Games is an effective way to improve fighting capabilities under real combat conditions,” a spokesperson for the People’s Liberation Army Air Force announced on July 12, according to Xinhua. “The troops will strengthen military training and war-preparedness to improve their ability to safeguard China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
It is the first time the strategic bombers and transport aircraft of the Chinese military will participate in overseas war games. Belarus, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Iran will also join the drills.