MIL OSI Translation. Region: Russian Federation –
During the day, the crews of the Il-76 aircraft of the military transport aviation carried out more than 335 tons of water to the centers of forest fires.
Army aviation crews on Mi-8 helicopters dumped 56 tons of water, and also provided the transportation of 24 fire service specialists and more than 500 kg of cargo.
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 279 discharges of about 3.5 thousand tons of water, and also transported 347 fire service specialists and about 41.5 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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