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    Russia's Southern Military District initiated drills aimed to improve control skills over the frontline bomber Su-34, the press service of the Southern Military District said on Thursday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Pilots from the bomber regiment of the Russia's Southern Military District initiated drills aimed to improve control skills over the frontline bomber Su-34 in the south of the country, the press service of the Southern Military District said on Thursday.

    "Aircrew of the Southern Military District bomber regiment, stationed in the Rostov region, has started a training of control skills over the Su-34 at the 200 meters altitude. The special exercises to simulate action in an emergency situations during the flight are conducted over the Rostov and Volgograd regions," the press service said in a statement.

    The press service added that the implementation of flight tactical assignments involves the entire flight and engineering aviation staff. According to the press service, no lower than the second class pilots are allowed to participate in the combat training.

    Flights drills are aimed for the aircrews to improve the control skills in the event of equipment failure and the maneuvering skills in case of the evasion from an enemy's fighter attack.

    On May 20, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that the Russian Military is implementing new training methods, taking into account recent combat experience in Syria. Snap drills have already been conducted in Russia's Southern Military District, involving some 40 units performing tasks in conditions approaching those faced during combat which allowed the pilots to gain experience which will help them minimize combat casualties.

    Su-34 is the Russian multipurpose fighter-bomber capable of effectively targeting surface, sea and air objects in any geographic area with the use of all aircraft munition types. The equipment installed on the Su-34 allows for the use of weapons against several targets simultaneously.


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