American B-52 flew to the borders of the Murmansk region and the basis of defense in the Arctic
Moscow. September 15. INTERFAX.RU — Strategic bomber of the U.S. air force B-52H nuclear-capable weapons on Saturday made the flight near the coast of the Murmansk region and the Arctic archipelagoes Novaya Zemlya and Franz-Joseph, it follows from the monitoring data, the Western aviation assets.
According to their information, the strategic air force bomber B-52H, tail number and call sign 61-0015 CHAOS43 taking off from an advanced air base Fairford in the UK, first flying near Maritime borders of the Murmansk region and the Western coast of Novaya Zemlya, and then around the archipelago Franz-Joseph, including the island of Alexandra Land on which is located the newest Russian air defense base “Arctic Shamrock”.
During the flight, an American bomber had not violated the Russian border, while all the time in the air space over international waters of the Arctic ocean.
To ensure the duration of the flight after departure from an air base in England, he was refueled in the air by plane-the tanker USAF KC-135.
As reported, on 5 September, two strategic bombers B-52H US air force after a transatlantic flight landed at Fairford air base in England. Bombers with tail numbers 60-0057 and 61-0015 flew from the base of Barksdale (Louisiana). They were deployed to the forward base in Europe to participate in the multinational military exercise Ample Strike in Czech Republic in 2018. In addition, however, American bombers twice made non-stop flights from Britain to the airspace of Romania and back.