Russian strategic bombers go on patrol mission over Atlantic Ocean

Last month Russia held a surprise combat readiness check of the country’s Armed Forces, which also involved Air Force strategic bombers

MOSCOW, April 15. /TASS/. Two Russian strategic bombers Tu-95MS (NATO reporting name: Bear) accomplished on Tuesday mission on air patrol over the neutral waters of the Atlantic Ocean, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said on Wednesday.

“The flight route stretched over the neutral waters of the Barents and Norwegian Seas and the Atlantic Ocean,” he said. “The crews of Tu-95MS had refueling in the air provided by Ilyushin Il-78 (NATO reporting name: Midas) aerial refueling tanker. The flight duration was over 15 hours.”

He added that Russian Air Force MiG-31 fighters (NATO reporting name Foxhounds) escorted the two strategic bombers on patrol.

“At certain stretches of the flight route the bombers were also accompanied by [British] Royal Air Force Typhoon fighters and Danish Air Force F-16 fighters,” Konashenkov added.

Earlier, British media reported that UK fighters took off to intercept two Russian bombers, which approached British airspace. The area was not specified.

Full article: Russian strategic bombers go on patrol mission over Atlantic Ocean (ITAR-TASS)

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