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25.06.2021 (15:00)

A joint exercise of the Russian Navy and the Russian Aerospace Forces is taking place in the Mediterranean

During the joint exercise of the forces of the permanent task force of the Russian Navy in the Mediterranean Sea and the aviation of the Russian Aerospace Forces, which has been taking place since June 25 in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, a pair of MiG-31K aircraft and an Il-38 anti-submarine aircraft were flown from Russian airfields to the Russian Hmeymim air base in the Syrian Arab Republic.

Currently, the crews of the MiG-31K have begun to perform tasks for the development of the airspace of the region. The latest hypersonic missiles from the Kinzhal complex can be used on these aircraft.

Also, long-range Tu-22M3 bombers made training flights over the Mediterranean Sea. "The pilots of the aircraft received practical skills to perform tasks in new geographical areas. Tasks were performed to destroy a mock enemy. The tasks are completed with high quality. Aviation equipment has once again confirmed its high reliability. The flight crew has gained invaluable experience, " said Lieutenant General Sergei Kobylash, commander of long-range aviation (at the Russian Hmeymim air base).

Basing of this type of aircraft at the Hmeymim airfield is carried out for the first time. This became possible as a result of the reconstruction of the second runway with a complete replacement of the coating and the installation of new lighting and radio equipment.

During the training flights, aviation equipment will be tested in difficult climatic conditions, and aircraft crews will acquire practical skills to work out training tasks in new geographical areas.

As part of the joint exercise, the air defence crews of the ships of the permanent task force of the Russian Navy in the Mediterranean Sea, in turn, took part in training to repel enemy air attack means. According to the operational situation, the enemy aircraft received data on the location of the frigate at sea and headed for the target in order to carry out an air strike with guided missiles. The enemy with the specified characteristics was simulated electronically by the ship's weapons control system.

During the training, the ship's crews of combat information posts detected and classified the target, and the air defense crews when the conditional aircraft approached the target range destroyed it with electronic launches of anti-aircraft missiles, thereby preventing a missile strike on the ships.

According to the plan of the exercise, five ships of the Russian Navy (including the missile cruiser Moscow, the frigates Admiral Essen and Admiral Makarov), as well as two submarines Stary Oskol and Rostov-on-Don together with anti-submarine aircraft Tu-142MK, Il-38, long-range bombers Tu-22M3 and MiG-31K aircraft will perform combat training tasks to ensure the security of the Hmeymim air base and the logistics point of the Russian Navy Tartus.

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