The Russian air force kicked off a major live-fire air exercise near the border with Finland with nearly 50 fighter and strike aircraft this week, reported the state-run RIA Novosti. Meanwhile, Vice President Joe Biden “strongly condemned the violation of the ceasefire by separatist forces acting in concert with Russian forces” in Ukraine, speaking with the country’s President in a call on Tuesday, according to a Whitehouse statement. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, likewise called on Russia to “end its support for the separatists and to withdraw its forces and military equipment from eastern Ukraine in accordance with the Minsk agreement,” Reuters reported. Sukhoi Su-34 strike aircraft and Mig-29 fighters are reportedly launching “guided-missiles” as part of the week-long exercise outside St. Petersburg in the country’s northwest, according to the press report.
Sept. 27, 2022
As the Air Force moves forward with its efforts to operationalize the concept of agile combat employment, leaders need to embrace an iterative approach that builds on itself, recognizing that ACE may never be fully complete, Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr. said Sept. 27.