Russia starts air force drills in Karelia

Mi-24 helicopters will take part in the air force exercise in Karelia next week. (Photo from Wikipedia)

More than 70 aircraft and helicopters are preparing for a large air force drill in Northwest-Russia next week. Parts of the drills will take place in Karelia on the border to Finland.


More than 1000 troops and 70 aircraft will be deployed in a series of tactical drills in preparation for the “Ladoga-2013” exercise, military officials said to RIA Novosti.

The aviation to be used includes MiG-31Foxhound and Su-27 Flanker jet fighters, MiG-25RB Foxbat interceptors, Su-24M Fencer attack aircraft, Su-24 MR reconnaissance aircraft and Mi-8 Hip Multirole helicopters and Mi-24 Hind attack helicopters

The preparations have begun in the Republic of Karelia and the Leningrad, Smolensk and Tver regions. Drills include flights with refueling in air, landing on unknown airfields, aerial reconnaissance, air protection and elimination of threats from ground and air.

“Ladoga-2013” will start next week over Lake Ladoga in the Republic of Karelia, which borders to Finland.