Russian Ministry of Defence has announced that in 2019, the Aerospace forces will receive more than 100 aircraft, increasing the modern weapons and equipment of the Air Force by 65%, the ministry said.
The Russian Ministry of Defense said in 2019, one of its main tasks will be: preparation and participation of crews in Tsentr 2019 strategic exercise, conduction of the all-army and international stages of the Aviadarts 2019 contest, crews´ training for the combat use firing at land and air targets, air-to-air refuelling (AAR), conduction of tactical training, command post exercises, participation in Army 2019 International Military and Technical Forum, international aircraft showrooms and exhibitions, and other events.
At the end of 2018, more than 100 pieces of aviation equipment were delivered to the Air Forces of the Aerospace Forces, including Su-35S and Su-30SM multi-role fighters, Su-34 bombers that first entered the Central Military District air regiment in Ural, Ka-52 attack helicopters, Mi-8 transport combat helicopters of various modifications, Yak-130 combat training aircraft and many other types. In 2018, a plan for flight was fully implemented, the total flight time increased by more than 6,000 hours compared to 2017. The average flight time for each pilot is more than 100 hours.