Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation : More in detail

11.09.2020 (16:32)

Commander-in-Chief of the VKS held a briefing for military attaches of foreign states

Today, the Commander-in-Chief of the Aerospace Forces (VKS), Colonel-General Sergey Surovikin, held a briefing for military attaches of foreign countries.

In his speech, he noted that the Russian VKS continuously monitor the level of military activity of the United States and its NATO allies in the airspace near our borders.

Recently, the States of the Alliance have significantly increased the intensity of the use of reconnaissance aircraft. Compared to last year, the number of such flights in August increased by more than 30 percent.

In all cases, air defense systems detected foreign military aircraft in a timely manner, established continuous monitoring of them, and took measures to prevent violations of the Russian border.

Only in August of this year, the Russian VKS aircraft rose 27 times to intercept them over the Baltic, Barents, Black and Okhotsk seas.

"Previously," the Commander-in-Chief of the VKS noted, "we recorded mainly the actions of reconnaissance aircraft, but recently the number of combat aircraft flights has increased."

So, on August 21 of this year, the US received a notification through military and diplomatic channels about the planned transfer of a group of B-52 strategic bombers to the territory of England "to participate in training operations together with allies in Europe" with a stated duration of two weeks.

The information was general in nature without specifying terms of flights. It was also stated that the US Air Force will work out the tasks of strategic stability and demonstrate the capabilities of nuclear forces to deter a potential aggressor from attacking the US and its allies.

It was planned to work out episodes of joint use of NATO forces and means near the borders of the Russian Federation.

On August 28, according to the plan of the joint strategic command of the US Armed Forces, a special demonstration training and combat event was held under the conditional name "Allied Sky-2020". At this event, issues of joint use of strategic bomber aircraft and combat aircraft of the Air Forces of NATO countries were worked out.

At the same time, four B-52s from the forward air base Fairford made single flights over the territories of 28 European NATO member countries.

During these flights, the crews of strategic bombers conducted training on the use of air-launched cruise missiles at objects on the territory of the Russian Federation from the airspace over the central Black sea and the territory of Estonia.

At the same time, two B-52s, operating from the continental United States, practiced similar combat training tasks in the Arctic latitudes over the territory of Canada.

Fighter cover for the bombers was provided by about 40 tactical aircraft from the national air forces of 12 NATO countries.

The activities of strategic bombers of the US Air Force in Europe were promptly discovered and tracked by radar equipment of radio engineering units of the VKS.

In order to prevent violation of the Russian Federation's airspace and visual detection of air targets over the Black and Baltic seas, four Su-27 fighter jets were raised to intercept, which identified the strategic bombers and carried out their patrol escort along the flight routes.

On August 31, as part of combat training flights from advanced air bases in Europe, three B-52s from Fairford air base flew over the territory of the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, and the Baltic states to the area of the Estonian "Tapa" test site and back over the waters of the Baltic and North seas.

"According to our assessment," said Colonel – General Sergey Surovikin, " during this event, the B-52 crews worked out how to reach the threshold of using cruise missiles with a simulated missile strike on objects in the Kaliningrad region and other western regions of our country."

B-52 aircraft were steadily tracked along the flight route by radar units of the Baltic fleet, as well as the 6th army air force and air defense.

To prevent violations of Russian airspace, interception and patrol escort of American bombers, two Su-27 fighters of the Baltic fleet's naval aviation took to the air.

On September 4, according to the plan of the joint strategic command of the US Armed Forces, options for using strategic bomber aircraft near the south-western borders of the Russian Federation were worked out.

Three B-52s, operating from Fairford air base, flew to the area of combat use over the western part of the sea of Azov. The route passed over the territory of the Netherlands, Germany, Poland and Ukraine. The minimum approach to the Russian state border was 30 km.

During the flight, the bomber crews completed a conditional launch of air-launched cruise missiles. "According to our assessment," the Commander-in-Chief of the VKS noted, " objects located on the territory of the Southern Military District were considered as targets."

In addition, the simulated interaction of B-52 aircraft F-16C Polish Air Force, as well as Su-27 and MiG-29 Air Force of Ukraine.

The Americans and the British ensured the actions of strategic bombers by conducting an unprecedented reconnaissance operation over the Black sea.

Five reconnaissance aircraft and one strategic unmanned reconnaissance vehicle were in the air at the same time. Their minimum approach to the Russian border was 15 km, and exploration of the territory of Russia was conducted to a depth of 600 km.

As part of the tasks to cover the air border of the Russian Federation, eight aircraft from the duty forces – four Su-30SM and four Su-27-were raised to the duty zones over the sea of Azov and the northern part of the Crimean peninsula.

In general, US bomber aircraft from August 28 to September 4 this year made 10 single and group flights in the airspace of Western and Eastern Europe, as well as over the adjacent sea areas.

This week, on September 7 and 8, we also recorded B-52 flights from Fairford air base to the southern and northern regions of Europe.

The measures taken by the Main command of the VKS made it possible to timely reveal the activities of strategic bombers of the US and NATO countries Air Force, as well as to organize effective counter-measures.

Detection of the B-52 was carried out by over-the-horizon radar at maximum range, which made it possible to quickly target fighters from the air defense forces on duty-Su-30SM and Su-27 for interception, patrol escort and prevention of violations of the airspace of the Russian Federation.

All tasks were performed by Russian VKS pilots at a high professional level. Short-term attempts to approach the B-52 to our borders were promptly blocked by Russian fighters. There were no aviation incidents.

We believe that working out the issues of combat use of strategic aircraft in the immediate vicinity of the state border of the Russian Federation is hostile and provocative.

In the air, the state border is not as clearly defined as on the ground. A combat aircraft performing maneuvers near it, given the speed of modern aircraft, can be in the adjacent territory in a matter of minutes. This can lead to a serious incident. Along with the use of fighter aircraft, all air objects approaching our border are equipped with VKS radar detection equipment and anti-aircraft missile systems, which are being transferred to the appropriate level of combat readiness.

The actions of the US and NATO Air Force fundamentally contradict the statements of Alliance officials about the desire to prevent incidents during combat training events. They can be avoided only due to the high level of professional training of Russian VKS pilots.

I also note that flights of any combat aircraft over the territory of Ukraine do not contribute to defusing tensions in the region.

We are not interested in escalating the situation, so most of the operational and combat training activities of the Armed Forces are carried out in the interior of the country. We are committed to constructive cooperation to create conditions for safe operations in the airspace and prevent incidents.

The VKS will continue to monitor the situation at the Russian borders in order to take timely measures to ensure the security of the Russian Federation. "We have all the necessary forces and means for this," added the Commander-in-Chief of the VKS Sergey Surovikin.

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