Almost 80 aircraft delivered a massive strike to the "enemy" at the maneuvers "Kavkaz-2020"
A massive air strike on the equipment and manpower of a mock enemy at the Kapustin Yar training ground was carried out by 78 long-range and operational-tactical aircraft as part of the main episode of the maneuvers "Kavkaz-2020". Russian President Vladimir Putin watches the actions of the troops at the Kapustin Yar training ground.
The strike involved long-range Tu-22M3 aircraft, Su-34 and Su-24 bombers, Su-25 attack aircraft, Su-30, Su-27 fighters and Su-24MR reconnaissance aircraft.
According to the exercise plan, before a massive air strike, a pair of Su-27 fighters at an altitude of 1,500 meters cleared the air space for front-line, bomber and assault aviation strike groups.
After the reconnaissance-aircraft and fighters, an air defense breakthrough echelon consisting of two Su-25 attack aircraft squadrons was involved. Two flights of bombers Su-24M with the use of intelligence, control and communication complex "Strelets" struck at air defense sites that directly cover up critical enemy targets. Four links of multi-role Su - 30SM fighters destroyed air defense systems in the flight lane with high-explosive fragmentation bombs.
Four links of multi - functional Su-34 fighter-bombers hit critical objects of the mock enemy and advancing columns of armored vehicles with high-explosive air bombs using an on-board defense system.
In turn, two detachments of long-range Tu-22M3 bombers struck enemy control points with 1,500 kg air bombs.
The "Kavkaz-2020" exercise is being held from September 21 to 26 in the Southern Military District and in the Black and Caspian seas under the leadership of the Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, General of the Army Valery Gerasimov. About 80 thousand people take part in them, including employees of the Ministry of emergency situations and National guard, as well as up to 1 thousand military personnel from six foreign countries — Armenia, Belarus, Iran, China, Myanmar and Pakistan. It is planned to involve up to 12.9 thousand military personnel in episodes that fall under the Vienna document of 2011 on confidence-and security-building measures.