‘Just a drill’: Russian aircraft destroyed ‘enemy’ airbase during Vostok 2018 exercises

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More than 10 Russian Tu-22M3 bombers carried out an air strike on a simulated enemy airport in Zabaikalsky territory under the Vostok 2018 military exercises, the Russian Defense Ministry press service said in a statement obtained by Sputnik .

“Long-range aviation pilots hit targets such as aircraft, fighter jets, covered airplanes, depots, as well as command and control center of the simulated enemy landing field,” the statement said.

During the exercises, the war planes used bombs of up to 500 kg.

Aircraft equipped with the A-50U airborne warning and control system also participated in a simulation of a conventional enemy air strike during the Vostok 2018 maneuvers, according to the Russian Ministry of Defense’s Information and Mass Communication Department.

“During the exercise of the actual actions step of the forces in the Tsugol polygon, from the conventional enemy air strike refusal actions participated in an A-50U early warning and control aircraft,” the Department said.

The crew and garrison of the airborne radar complex completed the tasks of air patrolling, aerial target detection and transmission of their coordinates to the MiG-31, SU-35S, SU-30SM fighter aircraft of the Eastern Military District .

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The use of the A-50U aircraft made it possible to detect and intercept all air targets in a distance of more than 200 kilometers in time before they entered the zone of responsibility of the air defense detachments of the region.
Vostok maneuvers, the largest in the history of modern Russia, run from 11 to 17 September in the Russian Far East and adjacent waters of the Pacific Ocean under the leadership of Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.

The Vostok 2018 exercises are the largest exercises performed in Russia since the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The exercises involve nearly 300,000 military personnel, 36,000 vehicles and more than 1,000 aircraft.

On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin attended the major maneuvers of the Vostok 2018 exercises held in the Tsugol region of Zabaikalsky Territory.

The exercises continue until Monday.

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