Black Sea Fleet has received miltirole fighters Su-30 and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) Orlan-10, said the Russian Defense Ministry
“Multi-purpose fighter Su-30 is intending to replace the Su-24 jets, which are now basis of aviation Black Sea Fleet,” – said in the press service of the Black Sea Fleet, which was received by the Interfax-AVN on Tuesday.
“Sukhoi Su-30 multirole fighter jets will eventually replace Sukhoi Su-24 jets which currently constitute the core of the aviation of the Black Sea Fleet,” says a report of the fleet press service seen by Interfax-AVN on Tuesday.
“Black Sea Fleet UAV pilots are also successfully training to use Orlan-10 UAVs, which Black Sea Fleet as Naval have not operated before,” the report said.
Black Sea Fleet pilots “have started flying Sukhoi Su-30 supersonic multirole fighters stationed at an airfield in Crimea,” it said.
“The first three warplanes have performed flights in the airspace of the peninsula. Five Black Sea Fleet crews were trained to fly new types of aircraft last year. Another team of pilots is being trained in Yeisk starting today,” the ministry said.
Small-sized Orlan-10 drones are equipped with photo and video cameras to collect data and conduct aerial reconnaissance in any weather. “Unmanned aerial vehicles’ operator crews perform daily flights above fleet ranges for monitoring combat training,” the report said.
“The Black Sea Fleet’s seaborne aviation will continue to receiving brand new weapons this year,” the fleet staff reported.
UAV photo Vitaly V.Kuzmin