Several Russian TU-95MS bombers fly over Arctic

by The Daily Lede

Russian military video demonstration of Tupolev TU-95 bomber deploying cruise missile

ITAR-TASS News Agency is reporting the presence of ‘several’ Russian TU-95MS strategic bombers escorted by MiG-31 interceptor planes over the Arctic on Wednesday.

A spokesperson for the Eastern Military District press service, Colonel Alexander Gordeyev, told ITAR-TASS that the interceptor planes had been provided by the Pacific Fleet’s air base in Kamchatka.

“The intensity of Air Force flights in the Arctic have increased several fold in 2014,” said Gordeyev, adding that not only were MiG-31, Su-24, Su-27, antisubmarine Il-38 and Mi-8AMTSh and Mi-26 helicopter crews patrolling and searching for foreign submarines, but also ensuring security and carrying out search and rescue, and scientific missions.

Gordyev said that all flights have been made in strict compliance with international rules and were scheduled in advance.  The spokesperson assured that no flights have violated the borders of other countries.