Russian war pilots to practice landing on highway near Ukraine border

19:10, 16 January 2018
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The air task unit of the Fourth Air and Air Defense Forces Command has kicked off this year’s first training missions at the Kuban and Rostov regional airports where pilots will train to land on a Rostov Region highway, Southern Military District Spokesman Vadim Astafyev told TASS on Friday.


"Next week, pilots will train in a mixed air force and air defense unit. One of the elements of the exercise will be landing aircraft on a Rostov Region highway," he said, according to

Astafyev also said that for three days 40 crews of the Su-30SM and Su-27 fighter aircraft and Su-34 bombers of the mixed air force and air defense unit would practice covering bombers during bomb dropping (exercises) and fighter aircraft would perform aerobatic maneuvers.

Read alsoScenario for returning Donbas by force could entail up to 12,000 in casualties in 10 days – Chief of Gen. StaffA large-scale tactical exercise taking place in Rostov region and Krasnodar Territory also involves helicopter squadrons consisting of Mi-8AMTSH Terminator, Ka-52 Alligator, Mi-28N Night Hunter, and Mi-35 helicopters.

Read alsoModernized anti-aircraft missile system Pechora tested in Ukraine (video)Air defense units are also taking part in the drills.

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