RAF intercepts mock airborne targets

By Monitoring Desk
Wednesday – April 29, 2020
MOSCOW (Russia): On Tuesday, the Russian northern fleet pilots of a separate fighter regiment conducted flight tactical exercises to intercept airborne targets of a mock enemy in the sky of the Arctic.

According to an official statement, the exercise took place during daylight hours, 10 crews took part in it. They performed combat training tasks using five MiG-29K carrier fighters.

The pilots practiced intercepting the enemy in a different range of heights and speeds over the Barents sea, performed tactical aerial combat using missiles and airborne artillery, hone piloting techniques and coordinated actions in the group.

The flights took place from the airport Severomorsk-3 in the Murmansk region.

The MiG-29K naval fighters are multifunctional aircraft of the 4++ generation, designed to solve the tasks of air defence of naval formations, gain air supremacy, and destroy surface and ground targets with guided high-precision weapons day and night in any weather conditions.

The crews of two Tu-22M3 long-range bombers of the Russian aerospace forces (RAF) performed a planned flight over neutral waters of Barents and Norwegian seas.

The total flight time exceeded four hours.

At some stages of the route, Russian aircraft were accompanied by Norwegian air force F-16 fighters.

Long-range aviation pilots regularly fly over the neutral waters of the Arctic, North Atlantic, Black and Baltic seas, and the Pacific ocean.

All flights of RAF aircraft are performed in strict accordance with international rules for the use of airspace.