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Su-25SM Strike Aircraft Exercise Missile Launching in Southern Russia

Sputnik News

12:33 14.01.2016(updated 12:34 14.01.2016)

Su-25SM strike aircraft are participating in drills in the Krasnodar Territory to practice maneuvers in adverse weather conditions, including launching guided missiles, the Defense Ministry's Southern Military District's (SMD) press service announced Thursday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – In total, the exercises are due to involve about 20 aircraft and more than 100 service personnel.

'The crews of the advanced Su-25SM Grach aircraft from the SMD air regiment, deployed in the Krasnodar Territory, have started to perform live-fly exercises. Launching guided missiles and dropping glided bombs on simulated enemies are due to be drilled,' the press service said.

The purpose of the exercises is for military pilots to improve their flying skills in adverse weather conditions, including at night, as well as in mountainous regions at a range of heights.

In 2016, Su-25SM pilots are due to perform over 1,500 live-fly exercises to practice the destruction of the combat aircraft, facilities and bases of illegal armed groups.

The Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot is an armored ground attack aircraft, designed to provide close air support to troops in all weather conditions.


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