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Russian-Indian Aviaindra air force maneuvers to begin August 29

August 25, 2014, 16:21 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The exercise scenario envisages the Russian-Indian crews’ joint flights with firing on ground targets
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A Russian Su-30SM fighter

A Russian Su-30SM fighter

© ITAR-TASS/Yevgeny Yepachintsev

MOSCOW, August 25. /ITAR-TASS/. The Aviaindra joint Russian-Indian maneuvers will be launched on Friday, August 29, spokesperson for the Russian Air Force Igor Klimov told reporters on Monday.

The active phase of the drills will be held at the Pogonovo range in the Voronezh region and Ashuluk range in the Astrakhan region.

According to the official, Indian military have already arrived in Russia.

“August 25-29, Indian pilots in the Lipetsk aviation centre will study the areas of the forthcoming flights and drill piloting on modern simulators, and air defense specialists will get familiarized with the air defense missile systems at the Gatchina training centre of the antiaircraft missile troops,” Klimov said.

The exercise scenario envisages the Russian-Indian crews’ joint flights with firing on ground targets. The flights will be performed on the Sukhoi Su-30SM fighters and Mil Mi-35 and Mi-8 helicopters, with the fighters’ aerial refueling. “In addition, joint air defense crews at the Ashuluk range will repel a simulated enemy’s air attack with launches of missiles from the S-400, S-300, Buk-M1 air defense missile weapon systems and the Pantsir-S1 anti-aircraft missile and gun system.

Klimov said the maneuvers will last until September 5. Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Air Force Colonel General Viktor Bondarev is in command of the exercise.

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