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Russia's Tu-142 aircrafts completed a 12-hour flight over the Barents, Norwegian and North Seas - Northern Fleet

INTERFAX - Tu-142 anti-submarine crews completed training flights in the far sea zone, the Northern Fleet reported on Wednesday.

“On April 29, 2020, two crews of the long-range anti-submarine aircraft Tu-142 of the Northern Fleet completed a planned training flight over the neutral waters of the Barents, Norwegian and North Seas.

The duration of the flight mission was more than 12 hours,” Interfax reported.

"At certain stages of the route, Russian planes accompanied by the Norwegian F-16 and F-35 fighters and the British Typhoon fighters," the SF headquarters informs.

It is noted that the flights "performed in strict accordance with international rules for the use of airspace."

"The pilots have developed skills to complete a given course over reference-free terrain and coordinated actions when piloting in the absence of ground-based radio navigation aids.

 In addition, the crews trained to solve problems in the far sea zone and performed ice reconnaissance," the press release said.

According to the headquarters of the fleet, "flights of anti-submarine aircraft of the Northern Fleet are carried out as part of the combat training program for Tu-142 crews in the winter training period."

"Several flight crews of Tu-142 aircraft of the Northern Fleet fulfilled similar flight missions in February 2020," it was informed.

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