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Russian Bombers Traverse Arctic, Atlantic Waters
Russia on Wednesday said a pair of strategic bomber aircraft had conducted a standard overflight of water bodies bordering several European countries, RIA Novosti reported.
"Two Tu-95MS strategic bombers based at the Engels air base (in Saratov Region) carried out patrols over neutral waters in the Barents, Northern and Norwegian seas on Sept. 11-12 in line with the plan of strategic deterrent," Defense Ministry spokesman Col. Vladimir Drik stated.
Aircraft personnel trained in refilling fuel tanks and operating control systems during the 17-hour flight, and they joined exercises involving MiG-31 fighter jets within Russian borders, according to RIA Novosti.
Bases in Denmark, Norway and the United Kingdom sent NATO F-16 and F-4F aircraft to follow the Russian planes through international airspace.
Moscow has carried out strategic bomber missions for roughly five years over the Arctic, Atlantic and Pacific oceans. The nation's Tu-95 and Tu-160 aircraft have engaged in a mean quantity of 50 such patrol operations on an annual basis, the Defense Ministry has indicated.
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