For the first time in history, the Russian Aerospace Forces have completed the simultaneous takeoff of six An-124-100 military transport aircraft “Ruslan”. Aviation exercises were held in the Bryansk region, According to the Defense Ministry press service.
Crews of six An-124-100s took part in training flights “Ruslan” from the Seshchinsky and Tver aviation regiments. The purpose of the exercise was to practice the simultaneous transfer of personnel of military units with standard weapons and equipment over a long distance.
The flights were carried out at an altitude above 4 thousand meters, the total length of the route was more than 600 km, average aircraft speed - 500 km / h.
Crews “Ruslanova” completed takeoff, landing and flights along the route in adverse weather conditions in the form of precipitation, low clouds and strong gusts of wind.
The training was supervised by the commander of the VTA of the Russian Aerospace Forces, Lieutenant-General Vladimir Benediktov with the involvement of the leadership of the VTA command and the 12th Military Transport Aviation Division.