Su-34 and MiG-31BM air battles took place in the Chelyabinsk Region
The commanders of three aviation regiments of the Central Military District (CMD) practiced conducting air combat on two types of aircraft as part of command flights that ended at an airfield in the Chelyabinsk region.
During the program of command flights, the officers performed elements of air combat on Su-34 fighter-bombers and MiG-31BM interceptors. The crews worked out turns at maximum and afterburner engine operation, diving, as well as combat turns in pairs at altitudes from 300 to 10,000 meters. In addition, one of the components of the commander's flight program was to work out the interaction of the Su-34 and MiG-31BM crews with Su-24MR reconnaissance aircraft when performing tactical techniques to cover bomber aircraft during combat sorties in conditions of electronic counteraction. During the two tactical episodes, the pilots made more than 60 sorties.
The main task of command flights is to develop a unified methodology for training young pilots who will be put into service during the new training period. As part of the flight program, the crews worked out the interaction of mixed air units consisting of various types of aircraft, the use of sighting aircraft systems, as well as performing takeoffs, landings and simple aerobatics at altitudes from 50 meters to 10 kilometers.
About 20 units of aviation equipment were involved in the command flights: Su-34 fighter-bombers, MiG-31BM interceptors and Su-24MR reconnaissance aircraft; and more than 200 military personnel from the flight, engineering and technical personnel, as well as flight control and support groups.