The recently formed units composed of Granat-1 and Leer-3 drone aircraft, which were provided to the Russian army in January 2014, were first used during an inspection of the Central Military District troops.

"This is the first time these units are being used in practical operations of a large group of Central Military District troops, which is now checking the level of combat training on the territory of the Volga region," the Central Military District press service said in a report obtained by Interfax-AVN on Friday.

Drones fly at an altitude of thirty to 500 meters over areas where troops are deployed, providing headquarters with operative information on the movement of armored equipment columns and military units.

A large-scale inspection of the level of combat training of the troops stationed on the territory of the Volga federal District is conducted in accordance with the combat training plan on February 4-8 and is headed by Colonel-General Nikolai Bogdanovsky, commander of the Central Military District troops.

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