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Very informative interviews with Czech pilots


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Hi guys, 
long time, no see. Here I have something of a really high informative value. Very long (2-3 hours) and detailed interviews with former pilots of our combat planes with English subtitles (at the moment some final parts remain to be translated). If you are interested in stuff like training and tactical procedures, pilot's life, various peculiar details, technical details, radio, navigation and weapon equipment, accidents or their experience with foreign machines just watch. 

 

Col. Václav Vašek

- pilot of L-29, L-39, MiG-21, MiG-23, MiG-29, B-737, A320 

- display and test pilot of MiG-29

 

 

Lt. Col. Josef Miler 

- pilot of L-29, L-39, MiG-21, MiG-23

- display and test pilot of MiG-23

 

 

Col. Leoš Liška

- pilot of L-29, L-39, Su-25

- display pilot of Su-25

 

 

According to the author more will come in the future. 

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One particularly interesting point from the Su-25 pilot which is relevant to the weird videos from Ukraine showing Russian choppers firing salvos of S-8 in the air. The interview was taken before the war started but this point is mentioned there although with bombs. 

 

Even the basic export Su-25K was equipped for "accurate" loft bombing. The system was able to calculate the point of release in climb for the given ordonance and a target illuminated by the laser rangefinder. The pilot said it was useful basically only for an area target as it was naturally inacurate but he said they did it few times with KMGU submunition containers. With free fall bombs he said the standoff distance was around 3,5 km. He also said it would be used only for preselected targets, never for a free hunt. 

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1 hour ago, Beer said:

One particularly interesting point from the Su-25 pilot which is relevant to the weird videos from Ukraine showing Russian choppers firing salvos of S-8 in the air. The interview was taken before the war started but this point is mentioned there although with bombs. 

 

Even the basic export Su-25K was equipped for "accurate" loft bombing. The system was able to calculate the point of release in climb for the given ordonance and a target illuminated by the laser rangefinder. The pilot said it was useful basically only for an area target as it was naturally inacurate but he said they did it few times with KMGU submunition containers. With free fall bombs he said the standoff distance was around 3,5 km. He also said it would be used only for preselected targets, never for a free hunt. 

   Those weird videos were comming from Ukraine back in 2014 and there is nothing new to them. Soviet tactics of engaging AA-heavy areal target (troops concetration area, airports, shit like that). Fly low in order to be harder to be spotted by AA, launch rockets like MRLS with wings, get low and out of danger zone ASAP.

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