Near the Russian city Vorkuta there was recently held a sudden test of the air force combat readiness. You are going to see some shots of the event.
The training conditions were pretty much close to combat ones. MiG-31 interceptors and a long-range radar detection aircraft A-50 flew up in the air being suddenly alarmed and ordered to relocate to the military airfield near Vorkuta to start their alert. The pilots didn't know what enemy they would have to deal with and didn't get a combat task in advance. They got it already being in the air.
Tu-95MS bomb-carrier aircraft served as an agressor. It was already close but didn't come as a surprise for the pilots. Flying over the Arctic ocean it lauched a cruise missile soon but the group of the four MiG-31 were ready to intercept it. The intercepters wуку controlled from the long-range radar detection aircraft A-50. They exchanged information and operated as one team.
MiG-31 can detect and destroy small and fast targets flying low, such as air-launched cruise missiles. Five vehicles like this can protect a huge region from missiles, control such a territory as, for example, the Russian Far East or the Arctic Circle.
Tu-95MS with an open bomb door, the hunting has started!
The launched missile flew in the direction of the Kara Sea first, then took a long way round to fly over the tundra for almost an hour, trying to confuse the missile defense system. However the interceptors detected it anyway before it managed to reach the target.
It was rather cloudy and the visual target detection was more complicated than usual. So this operation was almost "blind".
Such sudden tests are going to be made again soon.