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Russian Air Force base in Crimea renforced with Su-27SMs and Su-30s fighter jets

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World Aviation Defense & Security News - Russia

 
 
Russian Air Force base in Crimea renforced with Su-27SMs and four Su-30s fighter jets
 
Fourteen Russian fighter jets landed in Crimea’s Belbek military air base, Capt. 1st Rank Vyacheslav Trukhachev, a spokesman for Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, told Russian news agency RIA Novosti. The fighter jets are comprised of ten upgraded Su-27SM's and four Su-30's. All of them are fourth-generation fighter jets. Four of the aircraft deployed in Crimea are newly manufactured, according to Trukhachev.
     
Fourteen Russian fighter jets are scheduled to land in Crimea’s Belbek military air base, Capt. 1st Rank Vyacheslav Trukhachev, a spokesman for Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, told Russian news agency RIA Novosti. The fighter jets are comprised of ten upgraded Su-27SM's and four Su-30's. All of them are fourth-generation fighter jets. Four of the aircraft deployed in Crimea are newly manufactured, according to Trukhachev.
Sukhoi Su-27 SM Flanker fighters which will serve with the 62nd Fighter Regiment of the 27th Combined Air Division of the Russian Air Force at Belbek airfield near Sevastopol, Crimea
     
Ten aircraft have clocked flight hours, are maintained in good condition and will now perform tasks in the sky above Crimea. They arrive under the program of deployment of a full-fledged formation of Russia’s Armed Forces,” said the spokesman.

The majority of Sevastopol residents have never seen such aircraft and are likely to notice them, Trukhachev added.

Earlier it was reported that Belbek airfield will be renovated to station Russia’s modernized air forces.

The Sukhoi Su-27 (NATO reporting name: Flanker) is a twin-engine fighter aircraft designed by the Russian Company Sukhoi. The Su-27 is armed with a single 30 mm Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-30-1 cannon in the starboard wingroot, and has up to 10 hardpoints for missiles and other weapons. Its standard missile armament for air-to-air combat is a mixe of Vympel R-73 (AA-11 Archer), Vympel R-27 (AA-10 'Alamo') weapons, the latter including extended range and IR guided models.

The Sukhoi Su-30 (NATO code Flanker-C) is a twin-engine fighter aircraft developed by Russia's Sukhoi Aviation Corporation. It is a multirole fighter for all-weather, air-to-air and air-to-surface deep interdiction missions.The Su-30 is equipped with a two seat cockpit with an airbrake behind the canopy.