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--- Quote ---Over 20 Russian strategic planes in exercise in arctic latitudes (Part 2)

MOSCOW. Feb 13 (Interfax-AVN) - Over 20 long-range (strategic) aircraft of the Russian Air Force are currently engaged in an active phase of a tactical exercise that started on Tuesday.

"The exercise is aimed at practicing air patrol missions in arctic latitudes and midair refueling," Russian Air Force spokesman Col. Alexander Drobyshevsky told Interfax on Wednesday.

"The pilots will also train flights over textureless terrain and landing at off-base airfields," he said.

Taking part in the exercises are over 20 Tupolev Tu-95MS missile carriers and Il-78 tanker planes. Long-range (strategic) aviation Commander Maj. Gen. Pavel Androsov is handling the exercise, he said.

"Special attention will be given to training young pilots, who will practice combat skills at the Dubrovichi range in the Ryazan region and piloting techniques in various weather conditions," Drobyshevsky said. va md
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--- Quote ---MOSCOW, February 13 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's Air Force announced on Wednesday the launch of a tactical exercise involving long-range aviation in "northern latitudes" to rehearse interoperability in air patrol missions.

"The active phase of the tactical exercise has started under the command of long-range aviation commander Maj. Gen. Pavel Androsov," said Col. Alexander Drobyshevsky, an aide to the Air Force commander.

He did not say exactly where the exercise was being conducted or whether it was in Russia or outside its borders.

The drill, including two heavy-bomber regiments and one aerial tanker regiment, is practicing midair refueling, flights over uncharted terrain and in difficult weather conditions, as well as landings on off-base, alternate airfields.

Over 30 Tu-95 (Bear) strategic bombers, Il-78 (Midas) four-engine aerial refueling tankers, and Tu-22 (Blinder) supersonic bombers are participating in the exercise.

Drobyshevsky earlier said that more than 20 airplanes would participate in the drill.

Last August, Russia resumed long-range patrol missions of strategic bombers, which were suspended in 1992 following the breakup of the Soviet Union.

It said air patrol areas would include zones of commercial shipping and economic activity and would be conducted on a permanent basis.

NATO has requested that Russia give it advanced warning of military exercises.
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Now it's 30 Bears and over 20 planes participating. WTF  ???

30 total maybe.

The second article... man RIAN again... Tu-22 Blinder should be Tu-22M Backfire.


This is the russian version of the RIAN. It doesn't mention the 22s anywhere. And the number is 20  :-X

Damn. Lets better wait afew days untill BBC reports it "RAF spotted...."

Here's an interesting article that refers to the Russian armed forces and their reappearance in the world stage.


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