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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Russian versus Chinese: our pilots to fight with the Leopard

The Russian Air and space forces (VKS) are preparing to participate in the competition of military pilots “Avadart”, which will be held in our country for the seventh time. For the third year they have the international status. This time they will involve approximately 50 teams from China, Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus.

photo: Gennady Cherkasov

“Aviadarts-2016 kicks off on 31 July at the military training ground near Ryazan. Within 10 days the pilots of the four countries have to pass tests on theoretical and physical training, to meet the standards of aerial reconnaissance, to demonstrate the techniques of piloting and application of aircraft weapons against ground targets.

They will be competing in 13 types of aircraft, including long-range bombers Tu-22M3 bombers, military transport Il-76, helicopters Mi-24, Mi-8, Ka-52 and fighter – MiG-29, su-27, su-30CM, su-25, su-24M bombers and su-34. And pilots of Kazakhstan and Belarus to participate in the competition will provide our military machine of the Russian VCS, but their Chinese counterparts have decided to act on their own bombers, so-called “Leopard JH-7 Flying Leopard.

What is the competition “Aviadarts” if there are other, more usual and traditional military checks airmanship? To this question the journalist “MK” asked the commander of the VKS, the Hero of Russia, Colonel-General Viktor Bondarev.

– Conducting and promoting the competition “Aviadarts” – said the “MK” head of VKS, – we solve such important tasks as increasing the prestige of military service and military-Patriotic education, especially the younger generation and development of participants of the competition unconventional thinking and the exchange of experience among the military personnel performing military service in various parts of our country. In the framework of the international component of the competition we not only exchange experiences, but also accumulating it in the framework of joint tasks. It is important that now the average age of participant is 25 years. All young pilots — senior lieutenants, captains and even lieutenants who self raise in the air modern aircraft and helicopters. Annually expands the range of categories on which to assess aircrew. Recently we introduced and tested a nomination, which evaluates not only the pilots, but the best representatives of the technical staff. This year in the contest period will be demonstrated tactical episode “Aviamix” with real combat use of guided and unguided weapons, planes and helicopters of all sorts of aviation HQs. Naturally, all the winners of the prizes will be awarded worthy prizes. What exactly is to reveal the intrigue until we are. But I want to remind that last year the winners of the “Aviadarts” is gone from the competition donated them brand new cars.

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