Air defense, aviation troops to hold exercise in Buryatia

Pilots and air defense troops from the Central Military District (CMD) are to conduct a joint exercise in Buryatia on April 10 - 18, during which they will be repelling an attack by enemy aircraft and cruise missiles, CMD spokesman Col. Yaroslav Roshchupkin told Interfax-AVN on Monday.

Pilots and air defense troops from the Central Military District (CMD) are to conduct a joint exercise in Buryatia on April 10-18, during which they will be repelling an attack by enemy aircraft and cruise missiles, CMD spokesman Col. Yaroslav Roshchupkin told Interfax-AVN on Monday.

"Mikoyan MiG-31 interceptor fighters, Sukhoi Su-24 frontline bombers and the operating teams of the S-300PS air-defense missile systems will repel an attack by an airborne enemy during the joint exercise at the Mukhor-Kondui and Telemba training sites in Buryatia," Roshchupkin said.

According to the exercise scenario, a highly-sophisticated air strike is to be carried out from several sides in a combat zone, he said. More than ten tactical episodes will be played out, including mid-air interception of cruise missiles and aircraft and destruction on the ground of the enemy's military hardware and engineering fortifications, the officer said.

The Su-24 aircraft will carry out bomb attacks in radar-jamming conditions, using 500-kilogram bombs. The bombers will be joined by MiG-31 interceptors which will clear the airspace by firing air-to-air missiles against aerial targets.

The active phase led by the Commander Lt. Gen. Viktor Sevostyanov, the 2nd Air Force and Air Defense Command, will be held on April 10-18, Roshchupkin said. It will involve over 60 pieces of military and special hardware, 30 aircraft crews from the Shagol and Sokol airbases (Chelyabinsk region and Perm Territory, respectively), as well as the Samara aerospace defense division.

The pilots and air defense troops have begun redeploying to the venue of the exercise, the officer said.

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