Russia’s Black Sea Fleet has formed a full-strength squadron of 12 advanced Su-30SM multirole fighter jets in the country’s southwestern region of Crimea, the fleet’s spokesman said Wednesday.
SEVASTOPOL (Russia) — In October, the Russian Defense Ministry reported about the arrival of the ninth Su-30SM fighter to Crimea. On Monday, three more aircraft were deployed to the peninsula.
“A full-strength squadron of advanced multirole Su-20 fighters has been created as part of the Black Sea Fleet’s aviation. The aircraft are fully operational and staffed with personnel,” spokesman Сapt. 1st Rank Vyacheslav Trukhachev told RIA Novosti.
The Su-30SM, commissioned in 2013-2014, is a two-seat derivative of the Su-27UB jet, capable of air-to-air and air-to-ground strikes and can be equipped with a wide variety of precision-guided munitions.
Ukraine has announced an end to its missile drills near Crimea.
KIEV (Sputnik) — The Ukrainian Armed Forces have wrapped up surface-to-air missile tests in southern Ukraine, Chief of General Staff Gen. Viktor Muzhenko said Friday.
“Flight and control tests of anti-aircraft guided missiles are successfully completed. The armed forces have taken an important step in increasing their combat capability and gaining opportunities to protect their state,” Muzhenko wrote on his Facebook page.
Russia’s air transport agency Rosaviatsia said last week that Ukraine unilaterally decided to hold missile firing exercises near Crimea’s Simferopol on December 1-2 in violation of international agreements.
Moscow repeatedly called Kiev’s missile launches in the Black Sea a threat to the safety of Russian civilian flights to Crimea and a provocation. Russian aviation authorities also informed the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) about the tests, so far without a response.
The Russian Defense Ministry summoned Ukraine’s defense attache last week to serve a note protesting Kiev illegally restricting the use of airspace over the Black Sea during the missile firing drills near Crimea.
About 60 military attaches from over 40 countries have arrived in Crimea where Russia is conducting a key stage of its Kavkaz-2016 drills.
OPUK RANGE (Crimea), – Around 60 military attaches from more than 40 countries have arrived in Crimea to observe one of the key stages of Russia’s Kavkaz-2016 strategic command and staff exercises, the Russian Defense Ministry said Friday.
“About 60 military attaches from more than 40 countries arrived at the Opuk range today, where a large-scale Kavkaz-2016 maneuver stage is taking place,” ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov told reporters.
Deputy Minister Anatoly Antonov said last week that foreign defense attaches have been invited to Friday’s active stage of the September 5-10 drills.
Commander of the Black Sea Fleet Admiral Alexander Vitko opened the “Depth” international contest in Sevastopol held in course of the International Army Games 2016.
The opening ceremony was held at the diving training area of the Joint training centre of the Russian Navy.
Teams of Russian Navy, Ministry of Emergency Situations, DOSAAF (Voluntary Association for Assistance to Army, Air Force and Navy), Iran, and Venezuela are participating in the contest. Representative of the Military Attaché of India to Russia is taking part in the contest as an observer.
Participants of the contest are to compete in underwater orienting using the compass, providing first aid to a diver in emergency situation, searching and picking up sunk objects, underwater welding and cutting.