Troops participating in the "Peace Mission 2021," a counter-terrorism military exercise for Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states, held their first live-fire drill in Orenburg, Russia on Wednesday.
The live-fire exercise, conducted at the Donguz range, lasted about one hour.
The drill was aimed at examining the joint anti-terrorism operation plans and strengthen coordination in the joint operations.
The exercise is being held in Orenburg from Sept. 11 to 25. The participants are from eight SCO member states, including China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, India, Pakistan, and Uzbekistan.
The participating troops consist of around 4,000 military personnel, among which 558 are from China.
The routine exercise within the framework of the SCO is aimed at deepening defense and security cooperation among member states, improving their ability to cope with new challenges and threats, and jointly safeguarding regional peace and security.
Produced by Xinhua Global Service