Deck the fighter pilots of SF practice landing on the simulator thread in the Crimea, said the acting head of the press service of the Northern fleet captain second rank Andrew Luzik.
"Part of the aircrew naval fighter aviation regiment of the Northern fleet under the leadership of their commander – honored military pilot of the Russian Federation Colonel Pavel Podguzov – continues the practical skills landing deck fighters at the training complex THREAD on the Saki airfield in the Crimea", - has declared it.
"To date, the pilots spent nine flight shifts, during which he performed over 300 exercises," he said, Lusaka RIA " Novosti "." Work practice landing on the deck the pilots start on combat training aircraft su-OTG, which is specially created for training of pilots of deck fighters. After mastering the training aircraft of Maritime pilots Board a military machine - the su-33. In the current training involved 3 su-OTG and su-33 " - said acting head of the press service of the Northern fleet. Remember, the Russian military began to use the former Ukrainian complex thread in the Crimea since March 2014 – After joining the Peninsula to Russia. Six months before, in September 2013, Moscow has informed Kiev that terminates the lease of this ground for training naval pilots. Remember, for a long time the use of complex thread in the Crimea was one of the points of tension in Russian-Ukrainian relations. Russian pilots were not allowed to practice on the ground in the period of office brand of the Board of the head of state Victor Yushchenko. Ukraine on their own the complex is not used. Aviation complex "THREAD" (ground test training complex Aviation) used for training pilots of deck aircraft. Only created in the USSR training jet complex is located at the airport novofedorivka (near the town of Saki in the Crimea). After the destruction of the USSR he moved To Ukraine. However, the polygon is not of significant interest for the country's defense, as the Ukrainian army has no aircraft carriers or, respectively, carrier-based aircraft. Simultaneously, he needed the Russian air force, which in February 1997 the contract was signed between the governments of Ukraine and Russia about the use of the landfill.