In the end of April at the airfield “Buturlinovka” they held flying tactical training with fighters of “4+” generation MiG-29SMT where Kursk pilots had to fight with pilots from Voronezh and the Tver region who attacked on Su-34, MiG-31 and Su-24.
The conditional enemy was represented by front-line bombers Su-24 and Su-34, also intercepters MiG-31. Actions of the Kursk air group planes were complicated by jammers.
9 planes from each side will be simultaneously in the air.
The fighters MiG-29SMT had to independently search and destroy the objects.
However the vehicles have to be prepared for flying first.
MiG-29SMT requires 50 minutes to get ready for a flight.
While starting the engines and checking the equipment a technician keeps in touch with a pilot with help of this intercom.
Next to the plane is APA-5 truck. It’s an airfield launcher intended for electric starting of aero-engines and providing onboard electrical power of a plane on land.
Compressed air filling. A plane has many systems using gases: oxygen, nitrogen, air…
Air compressor vehicle
The station lets adjust pressure at wide range.
Oxygen filling before a flight. All the filling equipment should be strictly clean. Pure oxygen is dangerous.
Oxygen filling station
When the fighter is filled the pilot starts the engines, following the commands of the technician he checks all the main systems.
About to take off
Sight of MiG-29SMT can capture targets at the distance of 100 km at all altitude envelope. The equipment allows to shoot at 4 targets at the same time.
The heaviest one
The enemy is “blue”, MiGs are “red”.
Distant missile engagement
Cabin of MiG-29SMT
Engineer support supervisory unit
Men of aviation are all supersticious, you won’t see a tail number “13” here…
“The missions are fulfilled!”
Location: Buturlinovka, the Voronezh region