Aircraft APU for the first time in 20 years refueled in the air

Самолеты ВСУ впервые за 20 лет дозаправились в воздухе

The flights were completed the crews of the su-24M, su-24MR aircraft and L-39

In the future, the flight crews with the practical implementation of mid-air refueling will take place according to plan.

The crews of su-24M, su-24MR aircraft and L-39 from the 7-th brigade of tactical aviation to them. Peter franc, the Air forces of Ukraine has fulfilled in Hmelnitsky area flights day and night with the aim of restoring and maintaining the piloting skills in the area and routes, and for the first time in 20 years carried out in-flight refuelling. Said this yesterday, the General staff APU.

“The highlight of the flights were departures from routine testing uniform suspended refueling unit – the OPCD, which passed repair and modernization at the Nikolaev aircraft repair enterprise NARP. Performed these flights the best crews of the “crackers”. Because such flights with air refueling was not performed for more than 20 years”, – stated in the message.

According to information, the tanker aircraft su-24M, manned by specialists of the State scientific-research Institute of SOFT Colonel Sergey Chizh and Lieutenant Colonel Vitaly Shulyak successfully made contact with the “drying”, piloted by military pilots who have experience refueling aircraft of this type – the Deputy commander of Air forces of VS of Ukraine the General-Lieutenant Arcady by Velutinum and the chief of aircraft of air command the West by Colonel Sergey Bliznyuk.

“In the future, the flight crews with the practical implementation of mid-air refueling will take place according to plan. Other flight team brigade also attracted to the implementation of this important element of military training that allows to solve problems with an increased range of the aircraft su-24M and su-24MR aircraft”, – said the General staff.

Also, the military recalled that in the framework of the exercise clear skies-2018 NATO pilots jointly with Ukrainian pilots already practiced aerial refueling on the F-15C.

Furthermore, the pilots of Air forces of VS of Ukraine in preparation for a joint exercise, practiced flying the task of aerial refueling in the skies of California.

The 7th brigade of tactical aviation to them.Peter Frank – aviaoughiner the Air forces of Ukraine. Stationed in Starokostiantyniv (Khmelnytsky region). According to open sources, the brigade has at least 24 su-24M, 12 reconnaissance su-24MR aircraft and training aircraft L-39 Albatross.

We will remind, in November, APU got another MiG-29. It was modernized at the state enterprise Lviv state aircraft repair plant.

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