Russian anti-submarine Tu-142 aircraft patrolled the Bering and Chukchi Seas, near the US border. This was announced on Tuesday, January 26, by the information support department of the press service of the Eastern Military District for the Pacific Fleet.
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“On January 26, 2020, a pair of Tu-142MZ long-range anti-submarine aircraft of the Pacific Fleet naval aviation performed a planned flight over the waters of the Bering and Chukchi Seas. The time spent by aircraft in the air exceeded 11 hours. During this time, they covered more than 8 thousand km, ”the message says.
It is noted that the crews have worked out the skills of flying over non-orientated terrain and piloting in the absence of ground-based navigation aids.
The information was also confirmed by the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).
“The NORAD command in Alaska identified and tracked two Russian Tu-142 naval patrol aircraft that entered the Alaska air defense identification zone,” the command said in a statement on Twitter.
It is noted that Russian aircraft remained in international airspace and did not violate the US-Canadian air border.
On December 20, a spokesman for Eilson Airbase in Alaska, Kayleigh Dubois, told reporters that the US Air Force had increased its grouping of fifth-generation F-35A Lightning II multipurpose fighters to 20 units at this base. According to her, by the end of 2021, there will be 54 fighters at the base.