Two Russian Aerospace Forces Tu-22M3 strategic bombers performed a planned flight over neutral waters of Black Sea, the Russsian Ministry of Defence announced.
During the flight, the long-range bombers covered about 4,500 kilometers and were in the air for more than 5 hours. On the route, they were accompanied by fighter jets from the Southern Military District.
“Long-range pilots make regular flights over neutral waters of the Arctic, North Atlantic, Black and Baltic seas. All flights of Russian Aerospace Forces aircraft are performed in strict accordance with international rules for the use of airspace”, said an MoD statement.
The Tupolev Tu-22M (NATO reporting name: Backfire) is a supersonic, variable-sweep wing, long-range strategic and maritime strike bomber developed by the Tupolev Design Bureau.
The bomber is designed to destroy naval and ground targets at a distance of up to 2,200 km from home-based airfields with guided missiles and bombs.