September 17 at the site "Akhurian" Armed forces (AF) of the Republic of Armenia in a joint operational-strategic exercises "Interaction-2012" with the Collective Rapid Reaction Force (RRF) of the Member States of the Organization of Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) held practical training of troops (forces).
Combat helicopters MI-24 attack aircraft, and — SU-25, as well as artillery and multiple rocket launchers "Grad" struck the irregular armed groups "blue". Special Forces Brigade units of the Armed Forces of Armenia, members of the CORF by taking over the imaginary enemy, supported by armored vehicles completed his defeat, pushing the surviving militants behind the line of the border.
But the terrorists were able to capture hostages from among the local residents in the immediate locality Arevik. They tried to take them on the bus, but were blocked by special forces of the National Security of the Republic of Armenia. As a result of the storming of the hostages were released. Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs of the special squad "Lynx", parachuted onto the roof of a 3-storey house, where they sat down terrorists, with the support of Kazakh and Kyrgyz special forces eliminated them, freeing the hostages.
During the raid a large fire broke out, including those of a major chemical hazards. The threat of chemical contamination. Emergency units of Armenia, Russia, Kazakhstan, using a special technique eliminated the source of increased fire danger. In the heaps of the house also had an operation to search for survivors.
To assist the local population in Arevik also arrived convoy of the International Committee of the Red Cross, which has worked on the problem of humanitarian assistance. He takes part in the exercise with the CSTO RRF for the first time.
During the workout on stage live-fire exercises participants spent up to 30% of rounds of ammunition. Issues were worked out precision bombing, firing artillery, tanks and infantry fighting vehicles, and of launching of man-portable air defense systems.
According to the results of a workout guide, scientists have noted a high level of coherence units of troops RRF armed forces, special forces units and the Ministry of Emergency Situations Ministry of Internal Affairs of the CSTO.
The final active phase of the exercise will take place on September 19. The course of the exercise will be to watch the President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan, CSTO Secretary General Nikolai Bordyuzha, the defense ministers of the CSTO member states, heads of diplomatic missions accredited in Armenia, international observers the UN and the OSCE.