Russian Tu-22M3 strategic bombers on air-patrol mission over the Black Sea

Two Tupolev Tu-22M3 bombers carried out an air patrol over the Black Sea, Russia’s Defense Ministry reported on Thursday. “Two Tu-22M3 long-range bombers of the Aerospace Force carried out a scheduled flight in the airspace over the neutral waters of the Black Sea,” the ministry said in a statement.

At some sections of the route, “the long-range aircraft were escorted by Romanian Air Force MiG-21 planes,” the statement says. The flight of the Russian Tu-22M3 bombers lasted more than five hours and the aircraft covered a distance of about 4,500 kilometers, the ministry specified.

The pilots of Russian long-range aircraft regular perform flights over the neutral waters of the Arctic, the Northern Atlantic, the Pacific Ocean and the Black and Baltic Seas, the ministry said.

The aircraft of Russia’s Aerospace Force perform all their flights in strict compliance with the international rules of using the airspace, the Defense Ministry of Russia stressed.