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The crews of the MiG-31BM supersonic fighter-interceptors of the Central Military District (CVD) completed air refueling and made more than 50 contacts with the cone-sensor of the aircraft tanker during a tactical flight exercise that started in Eastern Siberia.

During the first stage of the exercise, the pilots of the MiG-31BM fighter aviation regiment stationed in the Krasnoyarsk Territory worked out refueling in the air from an Il-78 tanker aircraft in day and night conditions. Contact with the cone-sensor of the aircraft tanker was carried out at an altitude of 2000 to 8000 meters. The interceptor crews performed paired approaches to the tanker at a speed of about 600 km / h, while the distance between the MiG-31BM and the Il-78 was up to 10 meters. In addition, the pilots of the Central Military District’s fighter aviation regiment worked out the most difficult element of flight training – refueling in the air in conditions of limited visibility, at night, using on-board lighting equipment. The crews made more than 20 sorties, having performed more than 50 refuelings, about 20 of which at night.

The second stage of the tactical flight exercise will take place in the South Urals, where pilots of Su-34 fighter-bombers and Su-24MR reconnaissance aircraft will work out for refueling.

A tactical flight refueling exercise in the air will end at the end of the week. It involves about 30 MiG-31BM, Su-34, Su-24MR aircraft and an Il-78 tanker, more than 300 military personnel from among the flight, engineering and technical personnel, the control and flight support group.

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