Izvestia.ruArmy Aviation of the Russian Aerospace Forces is 74 years old
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On October 28, the Army Aviation of the Aerospace Forces (VKS) of the Russian Federation celebrates the 74th anniversary of its founding.
It is noted that as part of the Aerospace Forces, army aviation solves fire, airborne transport, reconnaissance, as well as special tasks.
The army aviation is currently armed with modern aviation systems, which act as one of the main means of achieving goals in armed conflicts. They solve not only combat and special tasks, but also tasks to eliminate the consequences of natural and man-made disasters.
In addition, army aviation is involved in a special military operation.
“I can say with confidence that army aviation pilots during a special military operation show great skill in performing assigned tasks, work with a heavy load day and night, in simple and difficult weather conditions, and have an excellent level of training,” said the head of the army aviation of the VKS Colonel Igor Romanov.
According to him, all aviation equipment demonstrates good combat capabilities and reliability in harsh operating conditions during the special operation. He noted that the modern types of Ka-52 and Mi-28 helicopters, as well as new modifications of the Mi-8, have especially proven themselves. According to Romanov, aviation equipment has the ability to use different types of weapons, as it is equipped with modern sighting systems, defense systems and closed communications, which ensures the effective use of combat vehicles.
It is reported that the aviation units of the army aviation are actively re-equipped with new aviation systems.
“This year, according to the plan for re-equipping helicopter units and formations, the delivery of upgraded Mi-28NM, Ka-52M combat helicopters, Mi-8AMTSh-VN airborne combat helicopters and Mi-26T2 transport helicopters is underway. Most of these machines have already arrived in helicopter regiments and will be delivered by the end of the year, in accordance with the plan, ”Colonel Romanov emphasized.
Army aviation dates back to 1948, when the first helicopter squadron was formed in Serpukhov. Initially, helicopters performed only auxiliary tasks - delivering mail, reports, adjusting artillery fire, and aerial reconnaissance. Later, with the improvement of methods of conducting combat operations, as well as with the modernization of helicopters and aviation weapons, the tasks of army aviation expanded.
Earlier, on October 21, the crews of Ka-52 attack helicopters, also known as Alligators, destroyed a stronghold of Ukrainian militants.
On October 15, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation published footage of the combat work of the crews of Mi-28 attack helicopters of various modifications during a special operation. It is noted that inflicting fire damage from the air makes it possible to disorient the enemy, cover the actions of advancing units, deactivate minefields and provide corridors for the passage of assault groups to the attacked objects.
Before that, on October 13, Izvestia correspondent Kirill Olkov showed the combat work of Ka-52 helicopters. It is noted that in the arsenal of "Alligators" are guided anti-tank missiles "Whirlwind", which hit without a miss, destroying buildings and armored vehicles of the enemy.