Multi-faceted air support for ground formations
October 28 - Army Aviation Day.
The army aviation ends this year with good results. All planned exercises were carried out, the flight crew fully complied with the flight standards. The supply of new helicopter technology continues, the training and material base of military units has been improved. To date, tests of new helicopters are also being successfully completed.
This year, according to the combat training plan, an emphasis was placed on the joint training of army aviation pilots with the airborne assault unit of the Airborne Forces.
An army aviation brigade was tested in a new organizational and staff structure, with which measures were taken to support the assault operations of mobile forces both during the day and at night. And in the future, these formations performed combat training missions with participation in the joint strategic exercise "West-2021".
The training and material base of military units of the army aviation is being developed on a planned basis. This year, computer classes with procedural simulators were deployed in two army aviation brigades of the Eastern and Southern military districts and in two helicopter regiments of the Central and Eastern military districts. By the end of the year, the installation of a training and simulator complex in the helicopter regiment of the Western Military District will be completed.
On the territory of the Republic of Serbia, the next joint Russian-Serbian tactical flight exercise "The Brotherhood of Aviators of Russia and Serbia - 2021" ("BARS-2021") was held. This is the sixth joint exercise since 2015. This year, its scale was expanded, the drawing of tactical episodes was carried out from two airfields: Batainitsa and Ladzhevtsy. Aviation equipment, new for the Serbian side, was involved - Mi-35 helicopters. Considering that all Serbian pilots who participated in the exercise were trained for new aviation equipment in the Russian Federation and know Russian, the issues of interaction in joint crews did not cause difficulties.
Tests of Mi-28NM helicopters are nearing completion. The Mi-28 combat helicopter has proven itself well in the army, has been tested in the Syrian Arab Republic. Modernization work will further enhance its combat capabilities. The tests take place on time.
The new Mi-26T2V transport helicopter was specially designed for the Air Force. It has increased combat survivability, installed a new flight and navigation system, implemented automated en-route flight, provided the ability to use night vision goggles and installed an upgraded communications complex. All this will expand the scope of tasks.
The tests of the Mi-38T helicopter for the Ministry of Defense are nearing completion. The delivery of the first helicopters in the "Salon" version will begin next year. Also, helicopters of this type are being developed in the variants of an airborne transport and an electronic warfare helicopter.
In 2021, according to the plan for equipping helicopter units, four Ka-52 helicopters were delivered. By the end of this year, it is planned to supply eight Ka-52 helicopters, ten Mi-8AMTSh-VN and one Mi-26T2V to the Southern and Western military districts. We are conducting theoretical and practical retraining of flight personnel for new models of aviation equipment at the 344th Center for Combat Use and Flight Personnel Retraining of the Russian Ministry of Defense (Torzhok). Further training of pilots continues in military units and formations according to the course of combat training of army aviation.
The command of the Air Force controls the training of cadets of the Syzran branch of the All-Union Scientific Center, including the state certification of graduates. The educational base is constantly being improved and, accordingly, the level of training of graduates is increasing. The training is carried out with theoretical training for new modernized helicopters. The flight practice of cadets takes place at three airfields (Syzran, Sokol, Pugachev), the flight standards are fully met. Upon graduation, graduates are assigned to helicopter regiments and army aviation brigades of the Russian Ministry of Defense and to military units of other federal executive bodies, where they continue their training.
All personnel who have linked their lives with army aviation, I congratulate you on your professional holiday! I wish you good health, prosperity, trouble-free flight operations and success in defending our Motherland!