Russia Says Air Force Flight Near UK Complies With International Law

Tu-95MS strategic bomber

According to a Russian Air Force spokesman, the flight of Russian strategic bombers was performed with strict adherence to international regulations on the use of airspace over neutral waters without violating states’ sovereign borders.


MOSCOW, January 29 (Sputnik) — Two Russian Air Force strategic bombers spotted near British airspace were conducting a planned 19-hour flight over the North Atlantic and did not breach international regulations or any nation’s borders, a Russian Air Force spokesman said Thursday.”Two [Tupolev] Tu-95MS [Bear] strategic bombers… successfully completed the planned air patrols. The flight route passed through neutral waters near the Barents and Norwegian Seas, [as well as] the Atlantic Ocean. The flight duration was over 19 hours,” Col. Igor Klimov told RIA Novosti.


Previous reports in British media indicated that the UK Royal Air Force (RAF) scrambled two fighters to escort the Russian bombers from the “UK area of interest.”According to Klimov, Russian strategic bombers were planned to be escorted by RAF Typhoon aircraft, Norwegian F-16s and French Mirage fighters at different stages on their route.

The spokesman reiterated that the flight had been performed with strict adherence to international regulations on the use of airspace over neutral waters without violating states’ sovereign borders.

Russian Bombers Conduct Test Flights Over Northern Europe

Russian Bombers Conduct Test Flights Over Northern Europe

MOSCOW, April 24 (RIA Novosti) – Russian Tu-95MS “Bear” strategic bombers, accompanied by supersonic Mikoyan MiG-31 interceptors, have conducted test flights over neutral waters of the North Sea, a senior Air Force official told reporters Thursday.

Russia’s strategic bomber force regularly performs flights over neutral waters of the Arctic, the Atlantic, the Black Sea and the Pacific Ocean.

The flights sometimes prompt a reaction by neighboring countries. Japan has scrambled aircraft to escort such flights several times since the beginning of the month.

The Russian Defense Ministry has insisted that the flights are carried out “in strict accordance with international regulations” and do not violate the borders of other countries.

“The flight route was over the neutral waters of the North Sea, along the Kola Peninsula. The aircraft have flown some 12,000 kilometers. The flight duration exceeded 16 hours,” Col. Igor Klimov said.

The crews were training to fly over featureless terrain and perform aerial refueling. A pair of MiG-31 interceptors escorted the bombers, interacting via an A-50 airborne early warning aircraft.

The Tupolev-95 (NATO designation Bear) is a Russian turboprop-powered strategic bomber and missile platform. The bomber, the fastest propeller aircraft ever built, is a famous symbol of the Cold War.

The Tu-95MS variant, equipped with the X-55 cruise missile, is the backbone of the modern Russian strategic bomber force. The plane is designed to destroy critical facilities in the rear of the enemy at any time and under any weather conditions.

Two Russian Strategic Bombers Complete Air Patrol Mission

Two Russian Strategic Bombers Complete Air Patrol Mission

Russian Military Technologies, 30.01.2014

The crews of two Tu-95MS strategic bombers of the Russian Air Force have successfully fulfilled their patrolling mission in the Arctic. This came in a statement by Col. Igor Klimov, a spokesman for the Russian Air Force.

“The planes took off from the air base in Engels (Saratov Region). The flight took place through neutral waters over the Norwegian Sea, the Arctic Ocean and along the Kola Peninsula,” Mr. Klimov said.

“The crews of Tu-95MS bombers mastered flights over featureless terrain during their patrolling mission. The planes covered over 8,000 kilometers at the speed of 850 km/h and at the height of up to 10,000 meters. The flight lasted around 11 hours,” Mr. Klimov added.

It should be noted that long-range aviation pilots regularly patrol skies over neutral waters of the Arctic, Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and the Black Sea both from basic and emergency airfields. All flights are performed in strict compliance with international rules on the use of airspace over neutral waters without violating the borders of other states.

Russia Speeds Up Development of New Strategic Bomber

Russia Speeds  Up  Development of New Strategic Bomber

SOCHI, November 28 (RIA Novosti) – Russia will begin the full-scale R&D work on its future strategic bomber in 2014, a senior aircraft-manufacturing industry official said Thursday.

The project, known as PAK-DA (an acronym meaning “future long-range aircraft”), has been in the works for several years but was given the formal go-ahead by the Russian leadership last year.

“A decision was made this year to expedite the development of the PAK-DA aircraft,” Mikhail Pogosyan, head of Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation, said at a meeting on the future of the Russian air force chaired by President Vladimir Putin.

“We finished coordinating the project with the Defense Ministry in September and at present we are getting ready to start full-scale work on research and development of these aircraft next year,” Pogosyan said.

According to Russian media reports citing defense ministry sources, the Tupolev design bureau has won the PAK-DA development tender with its concept for a subsonic aircraft with a “flying wing” shape that provides superior “stealth capabilities.”

The Defense Ministry insisted that the PAK-DA should be equipped with advanced electronic warfare systems and armed with new nuclear-capable long-range cruise missiles in addition to a variety of high-precision conventional weapons.

The new bomber is expected to go into production by 2020 and will most likely be built at a new aircraft assembly line at Russia’s Kazan plant (KAPO), according to defense ministry officials.

The PAK-DA is due to replace Russia’s aging fleet of 63 Tupolev Tu-95MS Bear and 13 Tu-160 Blackjack strategic bombers in the next decade.

Pogosyan said Thursday that the preliminary tests of the modernized Tu-160 and Tu-95 bombers have been completed and they will now undergo a series of inspections by a state acceptance commission.

He did not specify the number of modernized aircraft to be inspected.

According to aircraft industry officials, the modernized bombers feature new weaponry, improved electronics and avionics that double their combat effectiveness.

Russia Denies Plans to Place Strategic Bombers in Kyrgyzstan

Russia Denies Plans to Place Strategic Bombers in Kyrgyzstan

MOSCOW, November 26 (RIA Novosti) – Russian defense officials denied Tuesday that they plan to deploy strategic bombers at an air base in Kyrgyzstan, addressing speculation over what military analysts had seen as an effort by Moscow to project its geopolitical influence across the region.

Some media outlets had speculated that a Russian air base in Kant, some 20 kilometers (12 miles) outside the capital Bishkek, could be used as a forward airfield for refueling and emergency maintenance of Russian Tu-95MS strategic bombers.

A pair of Tu-95 bombers flew over the airfield in Kant on October 27 as part of celebrations marking the 10th anniversary of the base.

“Those bombers were taking part in the aerial parade … They simply flew over the Kant air base without landing,” said Yaroslav Roshchupkin, a spokesman for Russia’s Central Military District.

“There are no plans whatsoever to place Tu-95 aircraft at the Kant base,” Roshchupkin said.

The Kant air base operates in the interests of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, a regional security body.

The air base was established in October 2003, and currently hosts about 400 service personnel, as well as several Su-25 Frogfoot attack aircraft, two Mi-8 combat transport helicopters and several L-39 combat trainers.

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Su-25 attack aircraft. Specifications

Viktor Sevostyanov, commander of the air force and air defense units of the Central Military District, was quoted by Russian media as saying in October that the number of combat aircraft at the base would almost double by the end of the year. Work on the enlargement of an airstrip at the base to accommodate heavy transport planes is ongoing.

Moscow and Bishkek signed an agreement in September last year to extend the use of the Kant air base and other Russian military facilities in Kyrgyzstan until at least 2032, with possible five-year extensions.

Russian Bombers Complete Air Patrol Mission

Russian Bombers Complete Air Patrol Mission

Russian Military Technologies, 19.11.2013
Two Russian TU-95MS strategic bombers that took off from Ukrainka air base have successfully fulfilled their tasks in the Pacific area in accordance with an air patrol plan. This came in a statement by Col. Igor Klimov, a spokesman for the Russian Air Force.
“The flight route passed over neutral waters in the Pacific region. Tu-95MS aircraft flied over unmarked areas and were refueled from IL-78 fuel tankers. The flight lasted for about 15 hours,” Mr. Klimov stated, adding that F-15J and F-4J aircraft of the Japanese Air Force patrolled the long-range aviation crews at some stages of the mission.
“According to an approved plan, the long-range aviation pilots regularly make air patrol flights over neutral waters of the Arctic Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean, the Black Sea, and the Pacific Ocean, taking off both from base and operational airfields,” the spokesman for the Russian Air Force stated, adding that all the flights of the Russian Air Force are performed in strict accordance with the international rules for airspace use over neutral waters.