RUSSIA’S AVIADARTS competition, ARMI-2018, has this year seen a significant deployment of Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) to Russia. On July 21, the Russian Ministry of Defence announced that the initial PLAAF contingent had been the among first foreign participants to arrive at Dyagilevo Airfield in the Ryazan region with H-6K bombers from the 10th Bomber Division, 28th Air Regiment at Anqing, Y-9 transport aircraft and JH-7A bombers – along with Belarusian Mi-8 and Mi-24 helicopters, plus Su-25 attack aircraft.
By the end of that week, PLAAF J-10 fighters had also arrived, as had a Kazakh contingent including Su-30 fighters and Mi-35 and Mi-171 helicopters. This international stage of Aviadarts was held between July 29 and August 11 using the Dubrovichi training ground in the Ryazan region. Deployment of the PLAAF H-6Ks and Y-9s marks the first time both types have been overseas to participate in an exercise. Dave Allport