MIL OSI Translation. Region: Russian Federation –
In the Lipetsk region, the crews of the operational-tactical aviation of the Aerospace Forces completed day and night flights with refueling in the air.
The flight personnel of the Su-35S and Su-30SM fighters, the Su-34 and Su-24M bombers performed the most difficult element of flight training individually and in pairs.
Refueling in the air took place at altitudes of 5-6 thousand meters at a speed of about 600 kilometers per hour at a distance of less than 20 meters between attack aircraft and Il-78 air tankers.
At night, refueling was carried out using additional lighting installed on both the refueling aircraft and the refueled aircraft.
Refueling in the air is a necessary element of training for fighter and bomber aviation pilots, which makes it possible to significantly increase the combat radius of action of the attack aircraft of the Aerospace Forces and perform tasks as intended at a great distance from the basing sites.
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