Funeral ceremony for Tu-154 crash victims held at military memorial cemetery near MoscowSociety & Culture January 16, 14:57
Russian combat engineers defuse over 20,000 munitions in AleppoMilitary & Defense January 16, 14:41
Kremlin: Russia is not going to groundlessly accuse other countries of cyberattacksRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 16, 14:30
Russian Helicopters sign first contract for civil products supply to PakistanBusiness & Economy January 16, 14:25
Montenegro accuses Russian national of inciting assassination plot against ex-premierWorld January 16, 13:48
IAC commission to join investigation of Bishkek air crashWorld January 16, 13:38
Kudrin says pension age should be raised starting from 2019 in RussiaBusiness & Economy January 16, 13:32
Flight recorder recovered at crash site of cargo Boeing-747 near Bishkek — sourceWorld January 16, 13:28
Kremlin agrees with Trump that NATO is 'vestige of past'Russian Politics & Diplomacy January 16, 13:16
MOSCOW, October 31 (Itar-Tass) - In accordance with the Plan for the Operational Training of the Long-Range Aviation of the Russian Air Force, two supersonic strategic missile-carrying bombers Tu-160 have made a flight from the Venezuelan Maiquetia airfield to Managua airfield in Nicaragua.
An official in the press-service and information department of the Russian Defence Ministry said Thursday, the two aircraft "flew over neuatral waters of the Caribbean Sea, after which they entered the air space of the Republic of Nicaragua and made a routine landing".
During the transit mission, the aircraft covered a distance of more than 2,500 km. The duration of the transit flight was about three hours.
All flights of the aircraft of the Russian AF are made strictly in line with the International Rules for the use of air space, the department official pointed out.
The missile-carrying aircraft Tu-160 had taken off from the Engels airbase in Saratov Region, and made the flight in accordance with the Plan for the Operational Training of Long-Range Aviation. They flew over the Caribbean and Eastern part of the Pacific Ocean, along the south-western coast of North America and made the first landing at Maiquetia airfield in Nicaragua. They made a 13-hour nonstop flight from Russia, covering a distance of 10,000 km. When flying over the territory of Norway, the aircraft were escorted by two Norwegian fighter planes F-16 that scrambled from Bodo airf base.
At Maiquetia airfied, the crews of the aircraft were greeted on behalf of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro by the Republic's Defence Minister Carmen Melendez.