Russia, Belarus to engage over 40 combat aircraft in East Siberia joint drills


16Russia and Belarus will engage over 40 combat aircraft and hold live firing from S-400 air defense missile systems during joint drills in Buryatia in East Siberia, spokesman for Russia’s Eastern Military District, Colonel Alexander Gordeyev said on Monday, June 22.

The drills will be held during a conference of the Air Force and Air Defense Command from Russia and Belarus.

«Combat teams of S-400 air defense missile systems will perform live firing exercises in a complex jamming environment while the crews and pilots of Su-30SM Flanker-C fighters and Su-25 Frogfoot attack aircraft will exercise missile launches and bombing. Aside from this, the practical phase of the drills will involve Mi-24 Hind and Mi-8 Hip helicopters,» the officer said.

Overall, the Russia-Belarus drills will involve over 40 aircraft and helicopters, the spokesman said.

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