17 Dec 2018 15:11

Russia to redeploy over 10 fighter aircraft to Crimea on Dec 22 - Defense Ministry

MOSCOW. Dec 17 (Interfax) - Russia will return Sukhoi Su-27SM and Su-30M2 fighter aircraft to the Belbek Airfield in Crimea this week after its renovation is completed, the Defense Ministry said.

"More than ten Su-27SM and Su-30M2 fighter aircraft of the 4th Air and Air Defense Forces Army's fighter regiment will fly from the Krymsk Airfield in the Krasnodar Territory to their permanent base at the Belbek Airfield in the Republic of Crimea on December 22, 2018," the ministry said.

The renovation began in the spring. The construction of first-phase facilities, including a new 3,450-meter runway, taxiways, aircraft stands, and special areas, is complete, enabling military aircraft to carry out planned flights around the clock and in various weather conditions.