Young Su-34 crews performed bombing for the first time during an exercise in the Chelyabinsk region
Young crews of Su-34 fighter bombers of the aviation formation of the Central Military District (CMD), pilots and navigators – graduates of 2019, for the first time performed bombing and inflicted fire damage on a mock enemy as part of a tactical flight exercise in the Urals.
During the exercise, young lieutenants for the first time piloted a fighter-bomber while performing combat training tasks. For accurate destruction of ground targets, the pilots had to go to the area of fire use in time, maintaining the established speed limit and altitude.
The Su-34 crews performed single flights at low and medium altitudes from 300 to 3000 meters in the area of the mock enemy's position, found targets of conditional command posts and armored vehicles, dropped P-50T aerial bombs from low altitudes, and worked out complex maneuvers to avoid the "enemy" air defense systems. The first combat training flights for the use of aviation weapons were performed by 15 young pilots and navigators of the mixed aviation regiment of CMD.
Before the first flights on combat use, young crews were retrained at the state center for training aviation personnel and military tests of the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation, where they worked on simulators, passed tests and flew more than 100 hours with instructors at the Shagol airfield. Currently, young crews perform flights in simple and difficult weather conditions and practice elements of complex aerobatics.
The exercise involved 10 Su-34 fighter-bombers and Su-24MR reconnaissance aircraft, more than 20 ground vehicles, and about 200 military personnel from the flight, engineering, and flight support and control groups.