Strategic missile carriers Tu-160 performed a planned flight over the neutral waters of the Arctic Ocean, the Barents and White Seas, according to the website of the Russian Ministry of Defense on Wednesday, January 20.
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It is noted that the flight duration was more than 14 hours. During the flight, the crews of the Tu-160 worked out refueling in the air.
“Long-range aviation pilots regularly fly over the neutral waters of the Arctic, North Atlantic, Black and Caspian Seas, and the Pacific Ocean,” the defense ministry said.
Also, the Ministry of Defense emphasized that all flights of the Russian Aerospace Forces aircraft are carried out in accordance with the International Rules for the Use of Airspace.
On December 30, the Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation Alexei Krivoruchko announced that the receipt of the modernized Tu-160 into the armament of the Aerospace Forces is scheduled for 2021.
As the Deputy Minister noted, in the next seven years, the fleet of such vehicles will grow one and a half times. In the future, the number of aviation complexes will be increased within the framework of the new state armament program for 2024–2033.
On December 21, it became known that the Russian Ministry of Defense plans to begin state tests of the modernized Tu-160 strategic missile carrier in 2021.