MOSCOW, January 1. /TASS/. Russian strategic bombers have made more than 50 flights over the world ocean in the previous year and fighter jets have made their longest possible flights to far north regions, spokesman of Russian Air Force Colonel Igor Klimov told reporters.
In his words, domestic military forces have received more than 200 aircraft and helicopter gunships, air defence systems S-400, air defence missile artillery systems Pantsir-S1, radar complexes and stations under the state defence order in 2014, he said. The network of military airfields is being streamlined, the colonel recalled.
“Aircraft of long-range aviation have made more than 50 flights over North, Norwegian, Mediterranean, Baltic and Black Seas, Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic Oceans. The infrastructure is being created to provide for combat service by some part of strategic bombers of long-range aviation,” Klimov said.
He also noted that fighter jets had made flights at their maximum possible range with three air refuellings, transport jets delivered cargoes to Syria, transferred a mobile hospital to Guinea and landed paratroopers in far northern regions. “The landing of tactical paratroopers was drilled to resolve tasks to eliminate the aftermath of emergencies,” Klimov added.
The colonel also noted that successful drills of pilots in strategic war games Vostok-2014 and other military exercises, including international drills, was an outcome of military training in the previous year. Meanwhile, international stage of pilot contest Aviadarts was held for the first time, showing a quite high level of training and skills of Russian military, Klimov said.