Russia to Hold Observation Flight Over US Under Open Skies Treaty

Tupolev Tu-154M-LK1 'RA-85655'  This aircraft has a combined ability as a Zero-Gravity trainer for the Russian Space Centre and as an Open-Skies aircraft.

 

Russian military experts will fly over the territory of the United States under the Treaty on Open Skies on December 12-17, head of Russia’s National Nuclear Risk Reduction Center Sergei Ryzhkov has announced.

   He added that a Russian TU-154 LK-1 plane will follow the route agreed with the observed side, and US experts on board will control the order of application of sensors and compliance with the provisions stipulated in the treaty.

“An observation flight over the United States will be carried out on December 12 —17, with takeoff from the Open Skies airfield Travis (CA). The maximum range of the flight will be 4,250 kilometers [2640 miles],” Ryzhkov said.

This will be the 39th observation flight of Russian experts in 2015.

The Treaty on Open Skies establishes a program of unarmed aerial surveillance flights over the entire territory of its participants.

It was signed in March 1992 and became one of the major confidence-building measures in Europe after the Cold War. It entered into force on January 1, 2002, and currently has 34 members, including Russia and the majority of the NATO countries.

The treaty allows its participants to openly gather information on each other’s military forces and activities.

Moscow ratified the Treaty on Open Skies on May 26, 2001.

 

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Eyes in the Sky: Russian Aircraft to Monitor US Military From Above

Ту-154М Лк-1

 

Russian inspectors will conduct an observation flight over the United States between November 30 and December 5 under the Treaty on Open Skies, according to the head of Russia’s National Nuclear Risk Reduction Center.

The Tu-154M-LK-1, a Russian surveillance plane, will carry out an observation flight over the United States between November 30 and December 5 in accordance with the Treaty on Open Skies, RIA Novosti quoted Sergey Ryzhkov, the head of Russia’s National Nuclear Risk Reduction Center, as saying.

“An observation flight will be conducted from November 30 to December 5 from Travis Air Force Base in California. The maximum range of the flight will stand at 4,250 kilometers,” Ryzhkov said.

In the course of the mission, US specialists on board the aircraft will monitor compliance with the agreed parameters of the flight and the use of agreed observation equipment.

This will be Russia’s 39th observation flight over territory held by a signatory of the Treaty on Open Skies in 2015.

The treaty establishes an unarmed aerial surveillance program whereby signatory states may conduct flights over the entire territory of fellow participants.The document was signed in March 1992 and became one of the major confidence-building measures established in Europe after the Cold War.
It entered into force on January 1, 2002, and currently has 34 States Parties, including Russia and most NATO countries.

Moscow ratified the Treaty on Open Skies on May 26, 2001. The document allows its participants to openly gather information on each other’s military forces and activities.