Target Practice, Russian Style: Watch Su-25 and Su-34s Blasting Away with Missiles

| April 11, 2019

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Aviadarts, inaugurated in 2013, has grown into a sprawling logistical operation. Last year, the Defense Ministry boasted that "the competition involves more than 250 pilots of tactical, long-range, military transport and army aviation units of the Aerospace Force and military districts. For the first time at this stage of the competition, about 30 military training ranges are involved for using aircraft weapons." Aviadarts competitions have varied in content from year to year, though ground-attack routines continue to figure prominently into the program. This year, the second qualifier included a medium-distance bombing run: “During the contest, the crews flew along a 150-km route, reached three turning points at the specified time, and overwhelmed the air defence system. In accordance with the flight task, military pilots launched unguided missiles, dropped bombs and fired 30-mm air cannons at ground targets simulating military equipment and the manpower of a mock enemy,” said the Defense Ministry in a recent press release.

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