Russian strategic bombers Tu-95MS bombers carried out the first in a 2012 patrol. On this, as reported by ITAR-TASS news agency, said the Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Col. Vladimir Drik. According to him, the two aircraft took off from an air base in Engels, Saratov region and flew over the Arctic Ocean. The flight lasted more than 16 hours. Tu-95MS bombers carried out patrols in conjunction with high-altitude fighter-interceptor MiG-31. Patrolling was made on the night of the 27th on January 28, 2012. Over neutral waters of the Russian bombers were flying with fighter escort Eurofighter Typhoon, under the control of NATO. In the course of the air patrol crews "worked skills flights over bezorientirnoy terrain" and performed aerial refueling tanker aircraft from IL-78.
"All the flights of Air Force carried out in strict accordance with international regulations on the use of airspace over neutral waters, without violating the borders of other countries," — RIA Novosti quoted Drik. Russian long-range aviation performs long flights regularly, increasing the level of crew training. In 2011, the aircraft flew about 50 YES missions, spending patrolling the waters in the Arctic, Atlantic, Black Sea and Pacific Ocean.