Central MD crews of Su-34 and Su-24MR practice air-to-air refuelling
During the exercise near Chelyabinsk, the crews of the Su-34 multifunctional fighter-bombers and the Su-24MR reconnaissance aircraft of the Central Military District's aviation regiment began air-to-air refuelling and made about 50 contacts with the aircraft tanker.
The pilots practiced double and single refuelling from a tanker at an altitude of about 7 thousand meters. Pilots perform the most difficult element of flight training at a speed of 600-650 km/h, approaching a tanker at a distance of up to 10 m.
In a two-week tactical flight exercise, 13 units of aviation equipment were involved in refueling: an Il-78 tanker aircraft, Su-34 fighter-bombers, Su-24MR reconnaissance aircraft and MiG-31 interceptor aircraft.