Russia’s Ministry of Defence announced on 6 October the formation of a new long-range Heavy Bomber Division (Tyazheloy Bombardirovochnoy Aviatsionnoy Divizii, or HBD/TBAD). Stationed in the Far East, the unit’s role is to patrol the Pacific Ocean and, in particular, sea areas near to Japan, Hawaii, and Guam.
The division will be located at airfields at Belaya, in the Irkutsk region, and Ukrainka, in the Amur region, which are in the Central and Eastern Military Districts respectively.
Consisting of “several dozen Tu-95MS [NATO designation ‘Bear’] strategic missile bombers and Tu-22M3 [‘Backfire’] long-range bombers”, according to media statements, the division is based on the 6953rd Guards’ Red Banner, Pacific Air Group, which was disbanded in October 2008.
Full article: Russia to set up Pacific Heavy Bomber Division to patrol seas near Japan, Hawaii, and Guam (IHS Jane’s 360)
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