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Tu-95MS bombers fulfil patrolling mission in Arctic

January 29, 2014, 16:28 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, January 29. /ITAR-TASS/. Two Tu-95MS strategic bombers of the Russian Air Force have successfully fulfilled their patrolling mission in the Arctic, Air Force spokesperson, Colonel Igor Klimov told Itar-Tass on Wednesday.

“The plane took off from the aviation base in Engels, the Saratov region, southeast of European Russia. The flight took place through neutral waters over the Norwegian Sea, the Arctic Ocean and along the Kola Peninsula, far northern Russia,” he said.

“During their patrolling mission Tu-95MS bombers mastered flights over a featureless area,” Klimov said. “The planes covered over 8,000 kilometers at the speed of 850 km/h and at the height of up to 10,000 meters. The flight continued around 11 hours.”

Pilots of the Long-Range Aviation regularly patrol skies over neutral waters of the Arctic, Atlantic and Pacific oceans and the Black Sea from basic and emergency airfields, Klimov said.

“All flights were carried out in strict compliance with the international rules on the use of airspace over neutral waters without violating other countries’ borders,” he added.

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