Russia's strategic aviation
started Wednesday an active phase of military exercises to fly over the
North Pole and conduct test launches of cruise missiles, an Air Force
During the active phase, four
Tu-160 Blackjack, 12 Tu-95 Bear-H strategic bombers, and 14 Tu-22
Backfire-C theater bombers will conduct simulated bombing raids, and
more than ten cruise missile launches at the Pemboi range near Vorkuta
[in Russia's Arctic], and fly over the North Pole, the Pacific, and
“On Wednesday, Tu-160 and Tu-95
bombers conducted eight successful [test] launches of cruise missiles
at designated targets in northern Russia,” Colonel Alexander
Drobyshevsky said, adding that the planes made over 40 sorties
throughout the day.
The Russian aircraft were closely monitored by NATO fighters during the missions.
The spokesman said six
long-range aviation regiments were involved in the exercise to practice
interaction with fighter aircraft, air refueling, and overcoming enemy
Units of the 37th Air Army of
the Strategic Command will conduct a total of six tactical exercises in
August as part of an annual training program, the Defense Ministry
earlier said in a statement.
According to various sources,
the Russian Air Force currently deploys 141 Tu-22M3 bombers, 40 Tu-95MS
bombers, and 14 Tu-160 planes.
(source global research)