Su-24M bombers, Mi-8 transport helicopters, Mi-26 troop carriers practicing in Rostov

Routine tactical flight training engaging over 300 pilots, engineers and ground service specialists of the aviation units of the Fourth Air Force and Air Defense Army stationed in the Rostov region is underway in the Southern Military District.

Routine tactical flight training engaging over 300 pilots, engineers and ground service specialists of the aviation units of the Fourth Air Force and Air Defense Army stationed in the Rostov region is underway in the Southern Military District.

"About 20 aircrafts, among them Sukhoi Su-24M frontline bombers, Mil Mi-8 transport helicopters and Mil Mi-26 troop carriers are participating in the exercises," the Southern Military District press service has said in a report published on Aug. 12.

Crews of Sukhoi Su-24M frontline bombers will practice combat missions at the Kopanskoy range in the Krasnodar territory, including precision bombing of full-size targets imitating fortifications, troops and hardware of a simulated enemy.

"Bombs will be dropped from altitudes of 500 meters to two kilometers. In addition to the bombing drills, the pilots will practice evasion of air defense systems of the simulated enemy," the report said.

The tactical flight training of army aviation crews will consist of about 50 helicopter flights practicing transportation of troops, hardware and heavy cargo on a sling to the practice area, landing on unprepared plots, and search for and evacuation of the wounded. The pilots will operate in a realistic scenario.

The primary objective of the drills is to improve the flight skills of crews of operative-tactical and army aircrafts and to practice methods of combat use of aircrafts.

In addition, more than 1,500 servicemen and over 400 pieces of military and special-purpose hardware of radiation, chemical and biological protection units of the Southern Military District have been deployed to the Prudboi range in the Volgograd region for the practice, the press service said.

"These are the first drills of such scale; they are being supervised by commander of the Southern Military District radiation, chemical and biological protection forces Maj. Gen. Igor Yemelyanov. The field-specific practice involves newly formed radiation, chemical and biological protection regiments of the combined-arms formations of the military district and the Black Sea Fleet," the report said.

The servicemen will practice detection of radiation, chemical and biological contamination spots and radiation, chemical and biological reconnaissance missions. The specialists will use the capacities of KDKhR-1N and RkhM-6 chemical reconnaissance vehicles to do radiation and chemical control and to evaluate conditions created by the simulated enemy's use of weapons of mass destruction, and damage done to chemical and bio hazardous facilities.

"The field training will come to an end in early September with fire drills by use of small arms, standard special-purpose vehicles, RPO-Shmel infantry flamethrowers and TOS-1 heavy flamethrower systems," the report said.

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