DUBROVICHI RANGE (Ryazan region), August 2. /TASS/. The international military aviation competition Aviadarts, held within the framework of the International Army Games, is opening on Sunday with demonstrations flight at the Dubrovichi range near Ryazan. Taking part in the show will be the participating countries’ teams, aerobatic groups, as well as new aircraft.
Russian, Belarusian, Chinese and Kazakhstani pilots will compete flying planes and helicopters in the coming week. The Russian Defence Ministry said previously that it was Aviadarts that gave the Russian military last year the idea to organise the Army Games. This year’s competition is expected to be more spectacular and diverse - the number of nominations has almost doubled, compared to last year.
The most spectacular part of the competition will be demonstration flights programme, dubbed Aviamix. Pilots have prepared it as a gift to the audience and participants of the Games to make the Aviadarts opening truly unforgettable. This year, Aviamix will last 1 hour and 38 minutes.
Planes and helicopters of all the participating countries will fly over the Dubrovichi range in a parade. Kazakhstan’s pilots will fly the MiG-29, Su-25, Su-27 fighters and Mi-8 helicopters. Belarusian pilots will fly one the Su-25 Grach fighters and their Chinese counterparts - on the JH-7 with its ammunition.
Also, the contestants of foreign teams launch unguided missile on ground targets and fire at them from air guns. The Aviamix audience will watch in the sky fighters, including the latest Sukhoi Su-35, Su-25 and Su-34 fighters, Tupolev Tu-22M3 bombers, the Ilyushin Il-76 transport planes, as well as the Kamov Ka-52, Mil Mi-28N and Mi-26 helicopters.
After the Russian aircraft formation flight, the famous aerobatic teams - the Swifts, Russian Knights, Falcons of Russia and Berkuts, will perform in group and single flights. The newly established aviation group Wings Tauris will not show aerobatics, but will certainly fly in formation with the other aircraft, the Air Force source said.
The first day of Aviadarts will be limited to the festive "air mix," and starting from Monday the pilots will perform flights on specified routes, checking air crew cooperation, visual aerial reconnaissance and simple aerobatics at low altitudes.
On August 5, the contest will focus on air warfare - in other words, firing at the range at different targets simulating enemy equipment. The aircraft will launch unguided missiles and drop bombs on the simulated enemy. Crews of the Il-76 military transport aircraft will have a special task: they will test their skills in precision airdropping of cargo.
Russian teams will for the first time compete in aerobatics. Overall, the number of the contest categories has increased from last year’s 6 to 11.
On Friday, August 7, all the contestants will pass a physical training test, and on August 8, the Aviadarts closing ceremony will be held with the participation of Russian aerobatic teams.
Prizes for the winners are so far secret, but they are "very valuable," Russian Air Force Commander Colonel General Viktor Bondarev told reporters. Journalists who traditionally cover the activities of the Air Force will take part in a separate competition, including physical fitness tests.
The international stage of the Aviadarts-2015 competition will bring together more than 50 teams from Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and China. Six countries will be present at the competition as observers. The contest will involve more than 100 pilots, 12 types of warplanes and helicopters, and 3 airfields in the Ryazan, Bryansk and Kaluga regions.
This year, Aviadarts has moved to a new main range - Dubrovichi (last year it was Pogonovo near Voronezh). The new "battlefield" has been thoroughly prepared: the rage and airfield near Ryazan has undergone total reconstruction during the year and now meets all modern requirements of military science and technology. In particular, the Defence Ministry promised to provide to the competition participants new, unique types of targets.
The new site means not only convenience for the pilots associated with technical innovations - Dubrovichi is equally unfamiliar to Russian and foreign pilots. So, they will compete in equal conditions.