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28 February 2020, 19:10

Belarusian Air Force pilots take to skies in cutting-edge Russian fighter jets

An archive photo
An archive photo

MINSK, 28 February (BelTA) – Belarusian Air Force pilots have made the first few flights in Su-30SM fighter jets. The pilots' experience had been limited to theoretical training before that, representatives of the Belarusian Defense Ministry told BelTA.

Pilots of the Baranovichi airbase have experience of flying Su-27 aircraft, a predecessor of the Su-30 model. The two-seater Su-30SM can be used for combat missions and for training new pilots.

The contract on acquiring Su-30SM aircraft was signed in 2017. In line with the contract the Russian manufacturer delivered six Su-30SM fighter jets to Belarus in November 2019. The contract was signed in order to renew the aircraft fleet. The Belarusian army intends to buy a total of 12 fighter jets.

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