Four Russian Tupolev Tu-95MS strategic bombers, which embarked on a patrolling mission over the Arctic Ocean on Thursday, will fulfill this task for 24 hours and will be refueled in mid-air, Russian Air Force Commander Viktor Bondarev told reporters during drills of the 98th Ivanovo Airborne Troops division.
"In addition to the exercises of our brave paratroopers, we have arranged an air patrol mission by Tu-95MS strategic aviation planes over districts of the Arctic Ocean. The four airplanes have already been flying over these northern districts for 12 hours. They will be refueled in mid-air and will continue their patrolling flight for another 12 or 14 hours," he said.
"The planes involved in this combat task took off from the Ukrainka airfield in the Amur region at 10:30 p.m. on Thursday. They will return to the same airfield after they complete their mission," Bondarev said.
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