Russian pilots from the Southern Military District are polishing their skills in low flying clandestine maneuvers, Russian Defense Ministry’s Southern Military District’s press service said Wednesday.
“During the flight training at extremely low altitude [as low as 25 meters above the ground], the military pilots will complete tasks of clandestine maneuvers of the fighter jets to avoid anti-aircraft missile systems of a conditional enemy,” the press service said in a statement.
The recent maneuvers are most likely aimed at providing close air support to Russian soldiers in Syria. The recent deployment of Russian soldiers in Syria to help the struggling Syrian army battling the Islamic State will need a strong air support. Russian Su-25s are ideal for bombing fortified position while supporting the ground troops advance.
The low flying maneuvers will enable Russian pilots to avoid anti-aircraft missile systems and fly as low as 25 metres to evade the missile systems. Against the Islamic State, low altitude flying will make it more difficult for the militants to aim and shoot the Russian aircraft.
The Russian pilots will also practice emergency engine cutouts drills.