MIL OSI Translation. Region: Russian Federation –
Aviation of the Russian Ministry of Defense provides assistance in extinguishing forest fires in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).
During the day, the crews of the Il-76 military transport aviation dumped more than 80 tons of water on the hotbeds of a large natural fire, after which they returned to the temporary base to prepare for a second flight.
Army aviation crews on Mi-8 helicopters performed 27 water drops.
In total, during the execution of the task of extinguishing fires on the territory of Yakutia, the aviation of the Ministry of Defense of Russia performed 116 discharges of more than 420 tons of water, and also transported 180 fire service specialists and over 25 tons of cargo.
On behalf of the President of the Russian Federation, the Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation, General of the Army Sergei Shoigu, gave instructions on the creation of an aviation group of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation to assist in the fight against forest fires in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).
The air group includes Mi-8 helicopters of the army aviation and Il-76 aircraft of the military transport aviation of the Russian Aerospace Forces.
Il-76 airplanes involved in extinguishing a fire in Yakutia are equipped with air discharge devices (VAP-2), with a capacity of 42 tons, Mi-8 helicopters are equipped with air discharge devices VSU-5, with a capacity of 5 tons, and the pilots have received appropriate training to perform such tasks …
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