Friday, 03 August 2018 16:51

The pilots of the Northern fleet conducted aerial reconnaissance of the Arctic ice field

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Today, August 3, the crews of two anti-submarine aircraft Il-38 airbase Association of the air force and air defense of the Northern fleet performed a planned flight to obtain information about the ice situation in the Barents sea and the Arctic ocean.


As reported by the Ministry of defense of Russia, the data will significantly facilitate the laying of routes and navigation in the Arctic zone, including for civil ships.

"The pilots flew over the Barents, Kara seas and the Laptev sea, carrying out aerial reconnaissance of ice fields, — explained in the military Department. - Flights in the Arctic regions are carried out as planned in accordance with international rules of airspace use. Carrying out the flight task, the aircraft crews are improving the skills of passing a given course over a non-orientated terrain in the absence of ground radio navigation. Before the flight, the crews underwent navigational training in a difficult weather situation, taking into account the geographical location."

Features of flights in the high Arctic are the proximity of the earth's magnetic pole and, as a consequence, a large amount of magnetic declination, the presence of magnetic anomalies and magnetic storms, during which the propagation of radio waves becomes unstable, which worsens radio communication and limits the use of onboard radio equipment. Flights over the Arctic are complicated by unstable weather conditions, monotony of the area with a small number of visual and radio landmarks. During such flights, the pilots significantly increase the level of their flight training, the Ministry noted.



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