Russian strategic bombers fly mission from Indonesia
- 7 Dec 2017 at 18:10
- WRITER: ASSOCIATED PRESS
In this photo released by Russian Defense Ministry official web site on Tuesday shows Russian Tu-95 bombers on Biak Island in Indonesia (AP photo)
MOSCOW: The Russian military says its strategic bombers have flown a patrol mission over the Southern Pacific after taking off from Indonesia, part of Moscow's efforts to restore its Cold War-era military foothold around the world.
The Russian Defense Ministry said the two Tu-95 strategic bombers flew from Biak Island in Indonesia's easternmost Papua province where they arrived Tuesday. It said Thursday's patrol lasted eight hours.
Russian state television stations reported that the nuclear-capable bombers accompanied by heavy-lift transport planes would spend a few days on Biak, but there was no immediate signal that such visits could continue in the future.