1,200 Russian paratroopers and fighters are maneuvering in Crimea

On December 24, flight tactical exercises with fighters took place against the background of maneuvers that 1200 paratroopers are conducting in the Crimea and Krasnodar Territory. The military exercises of the Russian paratroopers are carried out under the leadership of the Commander of the Airborne Forces, Colonel-General Andrey Serdyukov.

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“Initial, battalion tactical exercises with an assault battalion and reinforcements have been conducted,” the Russian military

At the training ground, as indicated, in practical exercises, combat training tasks are performed by tactical groups in the offensive using reconnaissance forces and means to identify objects of a conventional enemy to organize its defeat with standard artillery and attached means.

The actions of a mobile team to combat UAVs were also demonstrated. “In the course of solving the tasks of combat training, the paratroopers hit conditional targets, denoting UAVs to a potential adversary. The shooting was carried out with standard small arms and airborne combat vehicles BMD-2K-AU, anti-aircraft guns ZU-23, and MANPADS Verba. Also from three firing positions were worked out the actions of artillery units, heavy fire-throwing systems TOS-1A “Solntsepek” and self-propelled artillery guns 2 C-9 Nona, which suppress firing points, places of concentration, and command positions of the conditional opponent,” explained the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation.

With the support of the mobility squad, consisting of standard and attached engineering troops, rapid advance and blockade of the areas by airborne units was ensured.

In addition, the ministry said that as part of the dynamic display of the collection was demonstrated the work of an automated controlled payload platform, which was lowered from the AN-26 aircraft of the Russian Air Force at a distance of 5 km from the landing site from an altitude of 2500m and landed at the intended point.

A total of more than 250 units of military equipment are taking part in a gathering of airborne forces at the Opuk test site in Crimea and the Raevski test site near the town of Novorossiysk in the Krasnodar Territory.

Russian fighters moved to Crimea
The Su-27SM3 and Su-30M2 fighters from the Southern Military District [SWO] during tactical flying exercises [LTU] worked out the relocation of aircraft to operational airports in Crimea from the Krasnodar region, the Black Sea Fleet [BSF] announced also.

“The crews of the multi-role fighters Su-27SM3 and Su-30M2 from the mixed aviation formation of the Southern Military District, stationed in the Krasnodar region, have worked out the rerouting of aircraft to operational airports,” it was reported.

“The relocation has taken place at various airports in the Southern Military District area of ​​responsibility, including airports in Crimea, where temporary refueling points for aviation equipment, as well as parking areas and work areas for aviation weapons specialists, are located,” reported by the headquarters of the Black Sea Fleet.

According to him, during the LTU “the crews completed accelerated preparation of combat vehicles for take-off and performed paired synchronous take-offs.”

In addition, during the flights, “the pilots worked out the tasks to repel the attack of the imaginary enemy bombers at these airports,” it is reported.