MOSCOW, March 16. /TASS/. Air Force manoeuvres to drill penetration of imaginary enemy’s air defense by fighter attack aircraft have been launched in Siberia, the press service of the Eastern Military District reported on Monday.
"The personnel of the air base of the Eastern Military District, stationed in the Trans-Baikal region, have started drills within the framework of large-scale Air Force and Air Defense manoeuvres at a specialised range in the Buryatia republic," the military district spokesman Colonel Alexander Gordeyev said.
"During the flight tactical exercise crews of the Sukhoi Su-30SM fighter jets and pilots of Su-25 attack aircraft will drill joint actions to penetrate the simulated enemy’s air defense system and destroy radar sites and stations located at different levels," said Gordeyev.
Large-scale manoeuvres of the Air Force and Air Defense of the Eastern Military District will be held during a month. They involve more than 2,000 troops, 300 units of equipment and more than 30 planes and helicopters.
This is the seventh military aviation exercise in Russia since the beginning of the year. In January, transport aircraft manoeuvres were conducted in the Tver region (central Russia) and in the Krasnodar region (Southern Federal District) — exercises of attack helicopters and transport-assault helicopters. In March, the MiG-31 interceptors practiced countering massive missile and air strikes in the Barents Sea. Also in early March, a strategic aviation exercise was conducted: more than 10 Russian strategic bombers Tupolev Tu-95MS and Tu-160 launched air strikes at targets at ranges in the Saratov region.
Military-tactical aviation manoeuvres were conducted over the Barents Sea in March. They involved more than 40 crews of the MiG-31 interceptors and Sukhoi Su-24M frontline bombers. They drilled attacks to destroy missiles and aircraft of the imaginary enemy, making 118 sorties. Also in March, flight and tactical exercises with live firing were conducted in the south of Russia took (Stavropol Territory) with the participation of up to 100 troops, about 20 modernised Su-25SM strike fighters and about 50 units of special military equipment.