A former member of the 28th Guards Interceptor Aviation Regiment, Vasilev is well versed in both kinetic interception and ACM tactics. Her career was cut short due to Russian military cutbacks in the early 2000s. After a disappointing stint flying for Nordavia, Vasilev was picked up by Airborne Tactical Advantage Company (ATAC) and served under contract, flying the Kfir C-7 in an aggressor role. Her knowledge of opfor tactics proved invaluable to ATAC’s contractors.
Vasilev’s flying style can best be described as impulsive. While excellent on the attack, Vasilev is known for gambling with risky shots and dangerous ACM commitments that while effective, are defensively unsound, and occasionally life threatening. The callsign Vegas was bestowed after Vasilev put 9.6 Gs on an airframe design limited to 7.5, causing her backseat evaluator to remark after the flight “What happens with Vas stays with Vas”. This reckless attitude was probably a byproduct of listening to her Grandfather tell her stories of his days flying the Mig-3 during the Great Patriotic War against the fascist Germans. Piotr Rudenko was shot down four times, and crashed no less then six, but earned ace status by downing a remarkable 13 aircraft, at one time slowing during a loop to let an Emil past into a trailing situation, but causing his own aircraft to stall a mere 4000 feet above the frozen ground. Little is known of her father, who died in Afghanistan during the Soviet occupation.