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26.05.2021 (05:00)

Crews of Tu-22m3 long-range bombers begin to perform missions in the Mediterranean sea zone

The crews of Tu-22m3 long-range bombers, which arrived the day before at the Russian Hmeymim Air Base in the Syrian Arab Republic, began to fulfill the tasks of mastering the airspace in the maritime zone of the Mediterranean Sea.

Long-range Tu-22m3 bombers made training flights over the Mediterranean Sea. Aircraft pilots received practical skills to perform missions in new geographic areas.

Aircraft of this type are based at the Hmeymim Air Base airfield for the first time and became possible as a result of the reconstruction of the second runway with a complete replacement of the coating and the installation of new lighting and radio equipment.  The length of the runway was also increased, which made it possible to expand the capabilities of the airfield to receive and service aircraft of various classes.

At present, all types of aircraft in service with the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, including heavy aircraft, can fly from the Hmeymim Air Base.

After completing training tasks for the development of airspace in the maritime zone of the Mediterranean Sea, long-range bombers will return to permanent airfields on the territory of the Russian Federation.

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