The exercise, called “The Keys of Heaven,” had demanded several months of preparation. Troops from Russia, the host, and from Belarus, Kazakhstan and China were participating. It was supposed to be an exhibition of military strength, but it turned out to be a total failure.
A video recorded with a cell phone showed the disastrous launching of a S-300 missile. It could only managed to rise a few feet, and then it fell down.
The explosion destroyed many of the launchers, causing a substantial economic loss. Anyway, the good news is that no victims were registered.
The incident occurred in August, but the control over the press allowed the Government to remain it hidden for some months. Until the video was broadcasted through some independent blogs, and then it went viral.