Skip to comments.Russian strategic bombers complete Arctic patrol mission
Posted on 06/17/2009 8:16:17 AM PDT by pobeda1945
MOSCOW, June 17 (RIA Novosti) - Two Russian Tu-95 Bear strategic bombers have carried out a routine patrol flight over the Arctic, an Air Force spokesman said on Wednesday. Lt. Col. Vladimir Drik said the bombers had spent over 12 hours in flight and were shadowed by two British Tornado and two Norwegian F-16 fighters.
Russia resumed strategic bomber patrol flights over the Pacific, Atlantic, and Arctic oceans in August 2007, following an order from then-president Vladimir Putin.
All flights by Russian aircraft are performed in strict compliance with international law on the use of airspace over neutral waters, without violating the borders of other states, Drik said.
Thanks Obama looks like a dual saw
It is a cold area to fly old planes over.
They might be old, but they cruise at 575 mph for 10,000 miles un-refueled, which is staggering for a prop plane.
(For comparison, the jet-powered B-52 hits 650 mph fully open.)
They were old planes in the 80s. Unless there's been a refit/upgrade.....
Wasn’t the first generation of this plane a rip off of the B-29?
From the Wiki: All Tu-95s now in Russian service are the Tu-95MS variant, built in the 1980s and 1990s.
I thought they reverse engineered a B29 that had made an emergency landing in Siberia and never gave back the original.
I think it was called the TU-3.
Yes but they do not last forever.
Only there were 3 of them they got their hands on and the copy was called the Tu-4. Close enough.
>They were old planes in the 80s. Unless there’s been a refit/upgrade.....
Tu-95 maybe old but it’s main goal is to transport kH-55 cruise missilse (range up to 3500 km) to a launch point.
Mr. President, the Red phone is ringing. Please pick up. Obama....