The Russian armed forces are showing off their military pointing finger to Japan and other nations in or with interests in Asia during the large-scale strategic exercise Vostok-2014. Starting on 19 September it involved military operations on the Kuril Islands – a disputed group of isolated pieces of land that Japan claims as well.
The crews of 15 Mil Mi-8AMTSh assault helicoters and Mi-24 attack helicopters plus 10 Sukhoi Su-25 attack aircraft practiced several missions including shooting and bombing. Target of this part of Vostok-2014 was “to defeat an imaginary naval enemy, landing on the coast of one of the island” according to a statement from the Russian Ministry of Defence.
Vostok-2014 sees a total of 120 aircraft involved. The ops also included the use of a highway M-60 in Primorye as an improvised operations base for KA-52 attack helicopters and Su-25s. Not only did the pilots practice in landing and taking off, the aircraft and helicopters trained on refueling, changing weapons and other logistics while operating from the temporary road base.
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