Tag: Aviation

Indian ships to arrive in Russia for Indra-2017 exercises on October 19

Yuri Smityuk/TASS

A detachment of Indian Navy warships will arrive in Vladivostok, the home port of the Russian Pacific Fleet, for the Indra-2017 Russian-Indian drills, Pacific Fleet Spokesman Nikolay Voskresensky told reporters on Monday.

“The solemn ceremony of meeting a detachment of Indian Navy ships will take place at the 33rd berth of Vladivostok’s Korabelnaya Embankment. Taking part in it will be representatives of the Russian Navy command, the crews of the vessels taking part in the exercises, an honor guard company and the orchestra of the Pacific Fleet Staff,” he said.

According to Voskresensky, the solemn opening ceremony of the Indra-2017 exercises will take place on October 20.

Earlier reports said that the Satpura frigate and the Cadmatt corvette would be dispatched to take part in the exercises. A total of 900 Indian military servicemen will take part in them.

This year, instead of the Indra Navy-2016, the Avia Indra-2016 and the Indra-2016 exercises held last year, the two countries will hold maneuvers that will involve three armed forces branches – the Pacific Fleet, aviation units and the ground forces of the Eastern Military District.




Russian Strategic Missile Troops begin large-scale drills in South Siberia

Marina Lystseva/TASS, archive

MOSCOW, October 11. /TASS/.

Russian Strategic Missile Troops began large-scale exercises in Southern Siberia’s Altai Territory, the Russian Defense Ministry’s press service said late on Tuesday.

More than 4,000 servicemen and 400 pieces of military hardware, including Topol ICBM mobile launchers, will take part.

Avation will also be used, including supersonic interceptor aircraft.


First planes to land at new military airfield in Russia’s Baltic exclave by year-end

Kaliningrad, located between Latvia to the north and Poland to the south

MOSCOW, October 8. /TASS/.

A new military airfield in Russia’s Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad will be ready to accept first planes of the naval aviation by the end of the year, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Saturday.

“The new military airfield in the Kaliningrad Region will be ready to accept its first planes by the end of the year, thanks to completion of the phase one of the construction works, carried out as part of a large-scale renovation of the airfield’s facilities,” the ministry said in a statement.

The construction site was inspected by Russian Deputy Defense Minister Timur Ivanov, who also inspected the construction of military warehouses in the region.

“While visiting construction sites of military facilities, Timur Ivanov demanded that members of the Defense Ministry’s military construction branch, as well as affiliated organizations and contractors, sped up the pace of the works, as well as the number of workers and special equipment involved,” the ministry said.

He also stressed that the projects must be completed in time and with due quality.



US fighter jets escort Russian bombers over Baltic and Norwegian Seas

Boeing F-15C Eagle from 493rd Fighter Squadron.

Russia’s Tu-22M3 long-range bombers performed flights over the Baltic and Norwegian Seas on Wednesday and were escorted by US, Belgian, Finnish and Swedish fighter jets at some stages of the route, the Defense Ministry said.

“On September 20, 2017, crews of Tu-22M3 long-range bombers made scheduled flights over the neutral waters of the Baltic and Norwegian Seas. Training flights of crews of the Long-Range Aviation were performed in line with the plan for combat training events in summer 2017,” the ministry said.

Over the neutral waters of the Baltic Sea at some stages of the flight route “a pair of aircraft of the Long-Range Aviation was escorted by fighter jets F-16 of the Belgian Air Force, F-18 of the Finnish Air Force, F-15 of the US Air Force and JAS-39 of the Swedish Air Force during 70 minutes.”

Russian Long Range Aviation Tuoplev Tu-22M3 Strategic Bombers

“While performing a flight over the neutral waters of the Norwegian Sea, another pair of Tu-22M3 was escorted by F-16 fighter jets of the US Air Force during 27 minutes at some stages of the route,” the ministry said.

The flights of Tu-22M3, a modification of the TU-22M “Backfire,” were made in strict compliance with the international rules of using airspace without violating the borders of other countries, the ministry stressed.

Pilots of Russia’s Long-Range Aviation regularly perform training flights over neutral waters of the Atlantic, the Arctic, the Black Sea and the Pacific Ocean, it said.


Russian Baltic Fleet helicopters destroy maneuver enemy submarine during Zapad-2017 drills

Kamov Ka-27PL

KALININGRAD, September 17. /TASS/.

Crews of the Russian Baltic Fleet marine aviation helicopters stopped and destroyed a submarine of the maneuver enemy during the Zapad-2017 (West-2017) strategic drills, the fleet’s spokesman, Roman Martov, said on Sunday.

“A maneuver enemy submarine was detected in the area of sea routes. Ka-27PL marine aviation helicopters were sent to the designated area. The crews used radar and hydro-acoustic tools to detect and chase the submarine,” he said, adding that once spotted the submarine was destroyed with the use of air bombs.

Earlier in the day, the Ka-27PL helicopters were used to back Baltic Fleet warships which destroyed another submarine of the maneuver enemy.

A large-scale exercise Zapad-2017 began in Russia and Belarus on September 14. The drills are held at three proving grounds in Russia and six in Belarus involving 12,700 troops (7,200 Belarussian and 5,500 Russian), about 70 warplanes and helicopters, up to 680 ground vehicles, including about 250 tanks, 200 artillery pieces, multiple rocket launchers and mortars and ten warships.

The main purpose of the exercise is to improve the compatibility of command and control centers, test new documentation and let commanders of all levels practice planning and control of operations on the basis of experience gained in the latest military conflicts.

The exercise will last till September 20.


About 30 air crews take part in Far East exercise

Ilyushin Il-38 “May”

About 30 plane and helicopter crews were put on training alert at the naval aviation base of the Pacific Fleet’s Kamchatka group on Wednesday, the Eastern Military District’s press service said on Wednesday.

“As part of a tactical flight training of the naval aviation base of the Pacific Fleet’s Kamchatka group, about 30 crews of Tu-142MZ anti-submarine warfare aircraft, MiG-31 interceptor aircraft, Il-38 and Il-38N anti-submarine warfare aircraft, An-26 planes, Ka-27 anti-submarine warfare helicopters and Mi-8 helicopters performed designated tasks in simulated conditions of an enemy’s use of air defense and electronic countermeasures,” the press service said in a statement.

Pilots performed over 100 sorties and completed a dozen of tactical episodes.


Belgian jets conduct first Baltic air policing intercept of their deployment

TALLINN, Sep 06, BNS – Just after taking over the augmenting role for NATO’s Baltic air policing mission at Amari air base in Estonia, Belgian F-16 fighter jets were scrambled by the alliance’s Combined Air Operations Center in Germany on Tuesday for the first time to respond to an air incident in international airspace over the Baltic Sea, NATO’s Air Command said in a press release.

On Tuesday afternoon, a NATO radar picked up two Russian air force fighter jets leaving Kaliningrad airspace heading north in international airspace. The military aircraft did not communicate their identity and were not in contact with civilian air traffic control agencies, the release said.

In line with standard procedures, the Belgian F-16s then took to the skies to identify the Russian Sukhoi Su-27 jets, which subsequently joined up with a Russian Ilyushin Il-76 heavy cargo aircraft. All Russian aircraft returned to Kaliningrad and the Belgian F-16 jets safely landed at Amari air base.

At present the Baltic air policing mission is led by U.S. Air Force F-15 fighters deployed to Siauliai, Lithuania, and the Belgian F-16s in Amari, Estonia.


Thales, Poland to integrate rocket launchers onto Mi-24s

Polish Army Aviation Mi-24v Hind E

French firm Thales announced on 5 September that it had signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) with Poland’s Air Force Institute of Technology to integrate air-launched rocket system on the Polish Army’s Mil Mi-24 ‘Hind’ attack helicopters.

The work will see the two organisations work together to integrate Thales’ Telson 22 rocket launcher system on the helicopters. The Telson 22 is a digital rocket launch system that is designed to store and launch 22 Aculeus induction-activated rockets respectively from combat helicopters.

However, Thales said in its release that the system would also be capable of launching other rockets that the Polish government may choose to procure.


Finland to conduct an evaluation visit in Russia

Sukhoi Su-35S aircraft based at Besovets air base in Karelia

Finland will conduct a confidence and security building evaluation visit in accordance with the Vienna Document 2011 in Russia from 29 to 31 August 2017. The evaluation visit will comply with the bilateral agreement between Finland and Russia concerning an additional annual evaluation.

The purpose of the evaluation visit is to establish that information gathered in an assessment conducted at Besovets earlier in the year, still adheres to the framework of the agreement. The object of the visit is to assess the 159th Fighter Aviation Regiment stationed at Besovets air base.

The Finnish three-person evaluation team is being led by Colonel Martti J. Kari.

Petrozavodsk Airport (Russian: Аэропорт Петрозаводск, Karelian: Petroskoin lendoazema; (IATA: PES, ICAO: ULPB); ex: Besovets, Petrozavodsk-2) is a joint civil-military airport in Russia located 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) northwest of Petrozavodsk in Besovets, Shuya Rural Settlement (municipality). It services small airliners. It is a minor airfield with 12 parking stands and a small amount of tarmac space.

The delivery ceremony marking the arrival of the first Sukhoi Su-35S aircraft to Besovets air base in December 2016

The airfield has seen military use as an interceptor base. During the 1960s or 1970s Sukhoi Su-15 aircraft were based at Besovets. During the 1970s it was home to the 991st Fighter Aviation Regiment (991 IAP), which flew Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-25 ‘Foxbat’ aircraft.

In 1992-93, the 159th Fighter Aviation Regiment (159 IAP) transferred in from Poland, having left the 4th Air Army. and is now part of the 54th Air Defence Corps, 6th Air and Air Defence Forces Army. It now flies the Sukhoi Su-35S and Su-27SM aircraft as part of the Russian Federation’s aircraft modernisation programme. The fleet at Besovets is due for completion in 2017.


Baltic Fleet’s air pilots conduct missile firing practice near Kaliningrad

KALININGRAD, August 14. /TASS/. More than 20 planes and helicopters and 500 troops from the Baltic Fleet’s naval aviation base are involved in flight and tactical exercise and missile firing and bombing practices at a proving ground in the Kaliningrad Region, the fleet’s spokesman, Roman Martov, told TASS.

“Participating in the routine exercise are more than 20 crews of Sukhoi-27 and Sukhoi-24 planes and military transport helicopters Mi-24 and Mi-8, as well as deck helicopters Ka-27, and military transport planes Antonov-26,” he said.

The participating forces provide fire support for ground forces, destroy command centers, armored vehicles and manpower of a hypothetical enemy, conduct air reconnaissance and destroy air targets and search for and eliminate submarines of a hypothetical enemy.

In both daytime and at night air crews launch guided and unguided missiles of different class, drop bombs ranging 100 kilograms to 500 kilograms and practice maneuvering in dog fight and approach targets in adverse radio-electronic warfare conditions.

A total of 30 combat training flights are due, Martov said.




Russia to start training female military pilots

KUBINKA /Moscow region/, August 12. /TASS/. Women will be admitted to the Krasnodar aviation school for pilot training this year for the first time in Russia’s modern history, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu told reporters on Saturday.

“There are quite a few girls who would like to become military pilots. We’ve received hundreds of letters, hence the decision to enroll the first group of girls in the Krasnodar military aviation school this year”, the minister said.

“They will be few in number, 15 all in all. However, considering the number of applications received by the Russian Aerospace Forces we cannot ignore these requests, so on October 1, the first group of girls will start training to become military pilots”, he added.

Shoigu who visited the celebrations to mark Aerospace Forces Day earlier in the day expressed the hope that the school’s female graduates will make such holidays more spectacular thanks to their skills five years later.

In 2009, the Krasnodar aviation school enrolled female cadets but not for pilot training.