War Games at Khotilovo

Combat Aircraft Journal gained exclusive access to recent exercises hosted by the 790th IAP, a fighter regiment of the Russian Aerospace Forces’ 6th Air and Air Defense Army, stationed at Khotilovo, northeast of Moscow, which saw the first public appearance of the new R-77-1 active radar-guided missile.

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A Su-35S launches from Khotilovo carrying a lightweight air-to-air weapons load, including pairs of R-77-1 (RVV-SD), R-27T and R-73M (RVV-MD) missiles under the wings. All images courtesy of Andrey Zinchuk

The Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) are increasingly making use of large training events to showcase readiness and emerging capabilities. The so-called ‘flying-tactical exercise’ held recently at Tver Air Base in the Western Military District (WMD) — as official Russian documents referred to the Khotilovo-based event — saw involvement of the resident 790th Fighter Aviation Regiment (IAP) and the visiting 47th Independent Composite Aviation Regiment (BAP). This is a bomber regiment, also controlled by the 6th Air and Air Defense Army, home-based in Voronezh, but operating out of Buturlinovka during the protracted refurbishment of its home airfield.

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