- Tu-160 and Tu-95
Flight crews of long-range aircraft of the Air Forces of the Russian Federation in 2012. completed more than 35 missions to plan patrols in the waters of the Atlantic, Arctic and Pacific Oceans. This is the official representative of the Press and Information of the Ministry of Defence for Air Force Lt. Col. Vladimir Deryabin. According to him, all the flights are made at maximum range and duration with refueling in the air.
"These flights allow crews valuable experience performing tasks outside the Russian Federation over maloorientirnoy terrain, off-line, for a long time, and the crews are imputed to the various tasks of combat training: air refueling fuel, execution of tactical rockets, air reconnaissance, and solution of the tasks of joint training with other associations of the Air Force. Fighter aircraft and anti-aircraft missile troops, for example, can lead as intercepting our planes and military orders to cover long-range aircraft, "- said V.Deryabin. In carrying out the tasks of air patrols in international waters Russian fighter jets accompanied by Defense Norway, the UK, the U.S., Japan and other countries.