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Russia checks Aerospace Force for readiness to defend facilities against advanced weapons

April 28, 17:34 UTC+3

The check has confirmed the readiness of all armed service branches for effectively performing their tasks within the established time limits

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Tu-95MS strategic bomber

Tu-95MS strategic bomber

© Alexander Ryumin/TASS

MOSCOW, April 28. /TASS/. Russian Tupolev Tu-160 and Tu-95MS strategic bombers and about 50 other aircraft and helicopters have taken part in a control check of Aerospace Force units and formations, Aerospace Force Commander-in-Chief Colonel General Viktor Bondarev said on Friday.

"The control check of units and formations of the Aerospace Force has confirmed the readiness of all armed service branches for effectively performing their tasks within the established time limits and defending our facilities against existing and future aerospace attack means," the commander said.

As part of the combat readiness check, the crews of Tu-95MS strategic missile carriers practiced re-deployment to operational aerodromes and simulated launches of airborne cruise missiles while Tu-160 bombers performed flights at supersonic speed.

As the Russian Aerospace Force commander-in-chief said, the crews of Sukhoi Su-27 fighter jets intercepted aerial targets while helicopters launched rockets and airborne munitions against ground targets at a practice range.

Also, air defense teams practiced detecting, tracking and notionally destroying enemy aircraft whose flights were imitated by the crews of Long-Range, Military Transport, Tactical and Army Aviation.

"Overall, the check involved more than 50 aircraft, about 100 weapon systems of antiaircraft missile forces and radio-technical troops (the S-400, S-300, Pantsyr-S air defense missile complexes and radars)," Bondarev said.

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