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AFU Exercise “Blue Trident-2017”


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AFU Exercise “Blue Trident-2017” has been running since early June, in which a range of Air Force units practice air defence, and Army support missions. Concurrently, the AFU VDV Airborne forces have been conducting large scale exercises, including the use of their  “heavy assets”, such as the T-80 gas turbine powered MBT, and new BTR-3E APCs.

The professional footage is of very good quality, and generally well edited. It shows a vastly better equipped and better trained military than the forces initially deployed in early 2014.


Large-scale airborne forces exercise – YouTube Published on June 19, 2017 Fighting, landing, multi-kilometer marches and overcoming various obstacles – so the soldiers of one of the brigades of the Airborne Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine train. All these paratroopers carried out during a multi-day brigade-tactical exercise, which gradually takes place on several military training grounds. Army, transport and assault aircraft of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are also involved in the exercises.

“Grads” strike from a ferry. For the first time in the history of the Armed Forces of Ukraine – YouTube Published on June 22, 2017 During the brigade tactical exercises, the paratroopers forged the river Dnipro. For the first time in the years of independence of our state, units of rocket artillery were executed during the crossing of martial artillery fire. Video of the press service of the airborne command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

“Airborne” in action! – YouTube Published on Jun 12, 2017 At once, in several regions of Ukraine, the paratroopers conducted tactical combat tactical exercises in the battalion. The “airborne” worked out raids and strike-search operations, the maintenance of a designated area, the destruction of the identified positions and the advancing forces of the conventional opponent. The fire damage of the enemy was carried out by artillery, tank unit, mortar and mobile antiaircraft units. Video of the press service of the airborne command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

Tactical airborne drop – YouTube The Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine continues the command-staff training “Blue Trident-017.” The crews of combat aircraft of various aviation generations successfully implemented the practical use of aviation means of defeat for designated land targets. In addition, landing of cargo and personnel of the Airborne Allied Airborne Forces from IL-76 and An-26 aircraft took place at one of the landfills. The units of the Airborne Forces, in turn, conduct tactical exercises with firing. The winged infantry manages the landing of a tactical landing and raiding action.

Exercise “Blue Trident 2017” – YouTube Published on June 16, 2017 In the framework of the practical phase of the command-staff training “Blue Trident-2017”, the aircrew of the Air Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine successfully completed flight and tactical tasks on the combat aircraft of the Su-27 and MiG-29 fighter aircraft. The pilots trained to counter land-based air defense, cover aircraft from enemy air strikes, and wage air battles in pairs. Video of the press service of the Air Forces Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.MiG-29 working an echelon – YouTubePublished on June 23, 2017 The Air Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, for the first time in many years, worked with an echelon. Immediately 4 combat aircraft MiG-29 ran into the sky of the Transcarpathian region. Video of the press center of the Air Command “West”.

Fighter and bomber aircraft – YouTube Published on June 20, 2017 Category Nonprofits & Activism License Standard YouTube License

Taming fighters – YouTube Published on June 7, 2017 The Air Command “West” continues the practical phase of ground-flight training of aircrew at the Kharkiv National Air Force University named after Ivan Kozhedub. A week ago, after a step-by-step pre-flight training, Kozhdubivka lifted combat aircraft for the first time in their lives. Today, the future asi is still with the instructor, but confidently began to wing and work out piloting technology in the sky. Each exit to the sky is preceded by the development of a flight task with the models of planes on the ground – as pilots say: “go by air.” After returning the plane to the ground, the flight is dealt with in detail. In the analysis, the instructor pays special attention to the deviation in piloting technology. Thanks to changes to the flight training approach introduced by the Air Forces, for the second year in a row, young pilots have the opportunity to gain experience in piloting the combat aircraft, while still in high school. The instructor-methodical composition of the meeting draws attention to the high methodological training, technical literacy in terms of the structure of the aircraft and the basics of piloting, in particular, on the motivation of future ATS. Press Center of the Air Command “West”.

Aviators exercising – YouTube Published on June 1, 2017 During flight tactical exercises on MiG-29 fighters and L-39 planes, aviators worked out practical actions for intercepting air targets, conducting air strikes with shock planes, reconnaissance aircraft, and fighter planes of a conventional enemy. Video of the press service of the tactical aviation brigade, Vasylkiv

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