Over 50 Russian fighter jets will shoot live ammunition and launch guided missiles in combat environments as part of planned exercises that began on Tuesday in the northwest of the country, the head of the Western Military District's press service, Colonel Oleg Kochetkov announced.
"Planned exercises of fighter aviation of the Western Military District began today in fighter aviation regiments located in the Central and Northwestern Federal Districts," Kochetkov said.
Air defense and air force formations of the Western Military District will conduct the exercises, with pilots of Su-34, MiG-29SMT, MiG-31BM and various Su-27 modification fighter jets taking part.
He also noted that one of the main stages of the exercises will be the "Ladoga-2015" exercise, which will take place over Lake Ladoga, east of the outskirts St. Petersburg.
The planned exercises will take place until the end of the week. Over 50 fighter jet pilots will practice finding and destroying aerial targets, electronic launches of rockets and cooperation during any time of day.