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Explosion at Military Airfield In Kursk: What Aircraft Were Kept There

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Kursk Airfield on fire / Open source picture
Kursk Airfield on fire / Open source picture

Another morning for russia begins with explosions at the airbase, this time in Kursk

After the attack on of russia’s strategic aviation at Engels airfield near Saratov and Dyagilevo near Ryazan, the military airfield in Kursk came under attack earlier today.

The governor of Kursk oblast, Roman Starovoi, reported: "As a result of the drone attack, an oil storage tank caught fire." According to local reports, the attack took place around 6 a.m. local time (at 7 a.m. Kyiv time).

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There is also footage directly from the place of the events, which shows tanks with fuel and lubricants being on fire.

In this case, at least the southern part of the airfield was struck. By the way, it is located quite close to the security perimeter of the air base, which makes it possible to destroy it not only with the help of long-range weapons.

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russia's airfield in Kursk as of August 2022 / Picture credits: Maxar

But most of the aircraft are placed in the northern part of the airfield. Defense Express notes that the airfield in Kursk is shared by civil and military aviation, but since the beginning of the russian full-scale invasion, it has become an exclusively military airfield. The 14th Fighter Aviation Regiment, which is currently armed with Su-30SM, is based on it.

At the same time, satellite images as of August 2022 show that the air base in Kursk is actively used to accommodate Su-25 attack aircraft and Ka-52 helicopters.

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russia's airfield in Kursk as of August 2022 / Picture credits: Maxar

Satellite images also show MiG-29SMT aircraft, which were used from 2009 to 2018 and now being stored in the open air.

Apparently, as of now all aircraft are scattered. At the same time, the composition of fuel and lubricants is a rather convenient target for an attack. Disabling it creates significant difficulties to operate aircraft and helicopters, that is, for a certain time it can reduce the activity of the entire fleet.

Defense Express notes that in addition to the attack on the air base in Kursk, the russian federation reported a drone attack on their oil depot of the Kombinat Slava russian state reserve (successful,though). This facility is located in Bryansk oblast. Currently, russians claim that the reservoirs were allegedly empty and there is nothing to worry about.

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