RUSSIA – MARCH 3, 2020: A Russian Army strategic bomber Tupolev Tu 160 in flight. Russia’s Ministry of Defence has published a video in which Tupolev Tu 160 strategic bombers are refilled by Ilyushin IL-78 aerial refuelling tankers at a speed of 600km per hour, at an altitude of over 5km. The flying task involved some ten long-range aircraft flying with less than 30 metres between them. Best quality available. Video grab/The Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation/TASS Ðîññèÿ. Còðàòåãè÷åñêèé áîìáàðäèðîâùèê Òó-160 ïåðåä äîçàïðàâêîé íà ñêîðîñòè 600 êì/÷ ñ ïîìîùüþ âîçäóøíîãî òàíêåðà Èë-78. Äîçàïðàâêà ïðîèñõîäèëà íà âûñîòå ñâûøå ïÿòè êèëîìåòðîâ, âñåãî â äàííûõ ïîëåòíûõ çàäàíèÿõ áûëè çàäåéñòâîâàíû îêîëî äåñÿòè ñàìîëåòîâ äàëüíåé àâèàöèè, ïðè ýòîì ðàññòîÿíèå ìåæäó íèìè áûëî ìåíüøå 30 ìåòðîâ. Ìàêñèìàëüíî âîçìîæíîå êà÷åñòâî. Ñíèìîê ñ âèäåî/Ìèíèñòåðñòâî îáîðîíû ÐÔ/ÒÀÑÑ

MOSCOW, April 29. /TASS/. Several fighter jets of European countries have escorted two Russian Tu-160 bombers over the Baltic Sea, the Russian Defense Ministry told reporters on Wednesday.

“Two Tu-160 strategic bombers of Russia’s Aerospace Forces have performed their scheduled flight over neutral waters of the Baltic Sea. At some stages of the route the Russian planes were escorted by fighter jets F-18 of the Finnish Air Force, F-16 of the Danish Air Force, F-16 of Poland and Saab JAS 39 Gripen of Sweden’s Air Force,” the ministry said.

The Russian bombers’ flight lasted for more than eight hours.

According to the ministry, Russian planes regularly conduct flights over the waters of the Arctic, the North Atlantic, the Black and Baltic Seas, and the Pacific Ocean. All flights of Russian warplanes are “in full compliance with international rules of using the airspace,” it noted.

Tu-160 strategic bomber (NATO reporting name Blackjack) is the world’s heaviest military aircraft. Its takeoff weight is over 270 tonnes and its maximum speed is 2,200 km/h. The bomber can carry 12 long-range cruise missiles with nuclear warheads. The plane has the crew of four.

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