Pilots from the fighter aviation of the Eastern Military District (EMD) trained to use air-to-air missiles at drills in the Trans-Baikal Region, the EMD press service reported on Monday, TASS reported.
"The pilots improved their skills in using guided air-to-air missiles. During the event a Su-30SM mine-laying aircraft dumped special air-launched small targets at an altitude of 5,000 to 10,000 meters. The pilots of Su-30SM fighter aircraft and MiG-31 high-altitude interceptors detected and destroyed them in groups of two and three," the report says.
According to the press service, the personnel trained close air combat elements usual for attacks or avoiding the attacks of one or several "enemy" planes during the launches. "This tactics may be used to shield the most important facilities in conditions of confined space for maneuvers," the EMD press service explained.
A total of more than 30 flight missions were carried out during the exercise.