Crews of the Su-30SM and Su-24M of the Baltic Fleet naval aviation carry out air-to-air refuelling (AAR)
As part of the planned training flights, pilots of the Baltic Fleet naval aviation began flights with the practice of air-to-air refuelling over the Kaliningrad region.
During combat training exercises, the crews of Su-30SM fighters and Su-24M short-range bombers work out air-to-air refuelling from an Il-78 tanker aircraft of the Russian Air Force, who arrived in the Kaliningrad region from the Central region of Russia. Over 10 aircraft of the naval aviation of the fleet were involved in the training. The air-to-air refuelling is performed both day and night, singly and as part of a pair.
It is one of the most difficult types of flight training. Only experienced specialists are allowed to it, who must carefully observe the speed and altitude modes during the flight. Pilots at an altitude of 2 to 5 thousand meters at a speed of 500-600 km / h approached the refueling tanker at a distance of 10-15 meters, released by a bar, “contacted” the refueling cone sensor, and then kept this distance until the fuel was completely pumped.
Air refueling is a necessary element in the training of pilots of naval aviation, which allows them to fulfill their mission at a great distance from their bases.
These flight training elements are carried out on a regular basis at least twice a year.