Russia’s strategic aviation begins exercise featuring missile carrying cruisers, bombers

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
By Paul Martin
April 01,2015

The drills involve Tupolev-160 (Blackjack) and Tupolev-95MS (Bear) missile carrying cruisers, long-distance missile-carrying strike bombers Tupolev-22M3 (Backfire) and other aircraft

MOSCOW, April 1. /TASS/. A headquarters exercise has begun on a major base of Russia’s strategic aviation in the city of Engels, Saratov region in the Middle Volga area, Colonel Igor Klimov, the chief public relations officer of the Russian Air Force told reporters on Wednesday.

Engaged in the exercise are the strategic missile carrying cruisers Tupolev-160 (Blackjack) and Tupolev-95MS (Bear), long-distance missile-carrying strike bombers Tupolev-22M3 (Backfire), the early warning and control aircraft A-50 (Mainstay), the Sukhoi-27 and MiG-31 fighter jets, as well as Antonov-12 airlifters and Mi-8 helicopters.

All in all, the exercise involves more than twenty aircraft.

The program includes simulation of redeployment of the Tupolev-160, Tupolev-95MS and Tupolev-22M3, aerial reconnaissance, penetration through air defence barriers, coordination with friendly fighter jets for scouting operations, and refueling in midair.

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