Russian bombers conduct patrol over Arctic Ocean

May 14th, 2008 - 10:28 pm ICT by admin  

RIA Novosti
Moscow, May 14 (RIA Novosti) Two Russian Tu-95 strategic bombers have carried out a routine patrol over remote areas of the Arctic that lasted for almost 20 hours, a Russian air force spokesman said Wednesday. Russia resumed strategic bomber patrol flights over the Pacific, Atlantic, and Arctic oceans last August, following an order signed by former president Vladimir Putin.

Although it was common practice during the Cold War for both the US and the Soviet Union to keep nuclear strategic bombers permanently airborne, the Kremlin had cut down long-range patrols in 1992. The decision came as a result of the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the ensuing economic and political chaos.

“After a 20-hour patrol, which included in-flight refuelling from Il-78 aerial tankers, two Tu-95MS bombers returned to their home base at the Ukrainka airfield in the Amur Region (in Russia’s Far East),” Colonel Alexander Drobyshevsky said.

“All Russian Air Force flights are performed in strict accordance with international rules on the use of airspace over neutral waters without violating the borders of other states,” he said, adding that during the flights the crews develop their flying skills in northern latitudes, over unmarked terrain.

He also said NATO fighters accompanied the Russian bombers when they flew over neutral waters near Alaska.
RIA Novosti

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