A Sukhoi Su-24M ("Fencer") on a snowy airbase of the Russian Central Military District (Image © Russian Ministry of Defence)

Foxhounds and Fencers over Barents Sea

Russia held a large military flying exercise over the Barents Sea on 6 March, Russian press agency RIA Novosti reported. Over 40 aircraft participated in simulated war games. Involved were Sukhoi Su-24 Fencers, MiG-31 Foxhounds and Ilyushin A-50 Mainstays.

Scenario was a missile attack by enemy forces, to which the Russian forces had to respond. Aircraft were operating from airbases in Chelyabinsk and Perm, with a total of 118 sorties flown.

Russia recently said it is focusing on increasing its airborne military presence in the Arctic region.

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Featured image (top): A Russian Su-24 Fencer M.
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