Russian supersonic strategic bombers Tu-160 set a new world record in flight range. This was announced on Saturday, September 19, by Lieutenant General Sergey Kobylash, Commander of the Russian long-range aviation of the Air and Space Forces,
“Today two crews of long-range aviation set a new record of range and duration of flight on Tu-160 supersonic strategic missile carriers”, – said the general.
According to him, the pilots have covered more than 20 thousand kilometers and were in the air for more than 25 hours. No one has flown aircraft of this class for longer, added Kobylash.
According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the planes took off from Engels airfield and landed there. The two bombers, commanded by Major-General Oleg Pchela and Lieutenant Colonel Sergei Volkovitsky, flew over neutral waters of the central Arctic Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, the Kara Sea, the Laptev Sea, as well as the East Siberian, Chukchi, and Barents Seas. During the weight of the Tu-160 flight, three refuelings were carried out in the air.
The previous record for the range was set in 2010, also on the Tu-160. Then the pilots spent 24 hours and 24 minutes in the air.
Earlier in September, it was reported that the American edition of Aviation Week & Space Technology called the Tu-160 the most dangerous Russian military aircraft. It was also noted that Russia’s modernization would further enhance the bomber’s combat capabilities.