30 Mar 2018 10:58

Pacific Fleet's ASW aircraft accomplish first submarine search in Arctic

PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY. March 30 (Interfax) - Pilots from the Pacific Fleet's marine aviation base in Kamchatka have practiced searching for submarines of a mock enemy in the Arctic zone, the fleet's press service said in a statement on Friday.

"Crews of Ilyushin Il-38N anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft have performed their first maximal-duration flight in the Arctic," the press service said.

The pilots practiced tactics involved in the independent search for and identification of submarines, in addition to submarine surveillance by means of radars and hydro-acoustic systems.

Il-38N pilots tested the serviceability of ASW systems in a simulated bombing.

"The Pacific Fleet's servicemen mastered their cohesion skills and flew along the designated route, which was devoid of ground radio-navigation facilities and landmarks, in an environment new to them," the press service said.