Thanks to awesome Russian blogger calling himself su_30m, we are able to see what is supposed to be top secret, especially back in Soviet era – day on the strategic Russian Far Eastern airbase Domna. It covers a 2000 km long area of Russian Far East and before it was practically impossible to see what they are up to. It was even more top secret before, because this airbase is equipped with the new Russian Sukhoi jets – the SU-30SM You would see the day-to-day routines of the pilots being on real alert and also you can appreciate beauty of sunset flights and various things about life there, the planes, the people. Log in to your English Russia account and see all pictures on ONE PAGE!
First fighter jets SU-30SM called generation 4++ jets, arrived to Domna airbase in late 2013. And in 2014 this airbase became fully equipped with those jets. The pilots and technicians have all completed education on how to use these planes on the ground and in the air.
Since November 2013 flights of SU-30SM started here in Domna.
SU-30SM are all purpose planes. They can fight targets both
..in air and on the ground. Now, one airbase which has SU-30SM can do all the tasks many had to do.
Flights here happen each day. Pilots get trained to be able to engage in real air fights.
Besides SU-30MS there are some SU-25 bombers.
You can see a SU-25 on background on this photo. They belong to “Mongoliad Squad” airbase which got its name during World War II. It was called Mongolian because the purchase of planes was funded by the Mongolian people.
However pilots say they are most excited because of the newest SU-30SMs. “We were trained in school at TU-134 passenger jets and when they later were sent to Domna they regretted it at first. Domna is too far away and probably has some outdated planes. But when they arrived and saw newest and rarest yet SU-30Ms, they were really happy. “You can’t compare this jet with any else. It’s a computer-jet!” says one pilot.
Plane gets ready for the launch. It is a two seater – there can be two pilots or a pilot and a navigator.
…and fast acceleration..
..then take off.
All targets are destroyed.
Thanks to the blogger for the brilliant post. Here is his site:
But we are going to the PART 2:
PART 2: A real alert guarding flight.
These are the alert guard planes. They are always stay there fueled and ready to take off any minute even while other planes are in training sessions.
They are armed with real, not training missiles and bullets. Their potential target is enemy planes violating Russian borders.
And here the alert received. Someone is too close to Russian airspace or even already crossed it. Fighter jet pilots rush to their planes.
Technicians report that the jets are ready and prepared.
Pilots have only two minutes to get seated and prepare themselves for take off.
They have trained for this a lot, so they are doing it fast and precise now. Fighting the border intruders is their prime task here.
It took them only one year to train to intercept intruders using the new plane.
The last check.
And last orders received from commanders.
Preparing for a take off.
There are people with stop watches to insure everything is done on time.
“Ready for take off”
“Take off confirmed!”
A few seconds more and jets launch into skies.
And a few moments later the radars would contact the intruder with a code phrase “START BE AFRAID”.
Thanks to SU-30M blogger for all these photos!
And we are going to part 3:
PART 3: Sunset time flights
Probably the best photos the blogger made during his day at airbase were the evening flights which we happening on sunset.
The planes are ready to fight intruders both night and day.
The scenery is beautiful there.
But winters can be very cold – goes down to -40C!
And it happens to be +40C in summers!
Also very strong winds round the year.
However after one year of the new planes being stationed here they proved to be good in any weather condition and outside temperature.
They stayed all the winters outside of the garages or hangars – those are not completed yet.
Lands here have both hills and steppes.
However pilots have trained themselves to be good at any of those terrain types.
Then at times they had to fly to the great Pacific waters.
It’s all possible because SU-30MS have an unlimited range (if being refueled in the air) – best type for endless SIberian lands.
This August pilot trained extensively on refueling in the air.
Also, because they are two-seaters…
They can fly unlimited ranges and stay viable and not tired – because pilots can take turns in flying and resting.
The evening flights are complete now.
Here is what the pilot thinks about those new planes.
Pilots leave, and technicians prepare for new flights.
And we go for the forth part:
PART FOUR: People and planes
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