Black Sea Fleet procures Sukhoi Su-30 fighters, Orlan drones

The Black Sea Fleet's seaborne aviation divisions have procured Sukhoi Su-30 supersonic multirole fighter jets and Orlan unmanned aerial vehicles, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

The Black Sea Fleet's seaborne aviation divisions have procured Sukhoi Su-30 supersonic multirole fighter jets and Orlan unmanned aerial vehicles, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

"Sukhoi Su-30 multirole fighter jets will eventually replace Sukhoi Su-24 attack planes which currently constitute the core of the aviation of the Black Sea Fleet," says a report of the fleet press service seen by Interfax-AVN on Tuesday.

"Fleet pilots are also successfully training to use Orlan-10 drones, which Black Sea Fleet servicemen have not operated before," the report said.

Black Sea Fleet pilots "have started flying Sukhoi Su-30 supersonic multirole fighters stationed at an airfield in Crimea," it said.

"The first three warplanes have performed flights in the airspace of the peninsula. Five Black Sea Fleet crews were trained to fly new types of aircraft last year. Another team of pilots is being trained in Yeisk starting today," the ministry said.

Small-sized Orlan-10 drones are equipped with photo and video cameras to collect data and conduct aerial reconnaissance in any weather. "Unmanned aerial vehicles' operator crews perform daily flights above fleet ranges for monitoring combat training," the report said.

"The Black Sea Fleet's seaborne aviation will continue to procure brand new weapons this year," the fleet staff reported.

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