Three long-range Tu-22M3 bombers flew in to the Russian Khmeimim airbase in Syria on Monday in an apparent show of force.
It is the first time that the aircraft flew to the Syrian base. Two of the runways were widened and lengthened in preparation for their arrival.
“The runway is good, it is made according to new technologies, according to modern standards. It was poured, that is, jellied, and not with slabs, as was done before, therefore it is very smooth,” a commander of the aviation link was quoted as saying by Izvestia on Tuesday.
“The strip is very flat, very smooth, very good. I’ll tell you a secret: it was possible not to release the braking parachutes,” he added.
In the coming days, the pilots will explore a new geographic region in the Mediterranean Sea. And after completing the training tasks, long-range bombers will return to airfields based in Russia.
Meanwhile, an American B-52H bomber flew to the Black Sea on Monday. According to reports, the aircraft with tail number 60-0013, which took off from the Moron airbase in Spain, flew over the Mediterranean Sea, northern Italy, the Adriatic, Croatia, Hungary and Romania before reaching the Black Sea near the southern borders of the Odessa region of Ukraine.
During the flight over the western part of the Black Sea, the plane was about 270-320 km from the borders of Russia.
On May 18, the U.S. Air Force Europe Command said Operational Bomber Group B-52H Stratofortress from the 2nd Bomber Wing from Barksdale AFB, Louisiana, arrived at Moron Air Force Base in southwestern Spain. A day later, a pair of B-52Hs flew to the Baltic region.