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Russian Strategic Bombers Conduct Drills in Arctic Circle

19.03.2015 12:09

Russian Tu-95MS long-range strategic bombers are carrying out drills in the Arctic Circle in Russia's northwest to test the combat readiness of the country's duty air defense force, according to the press service of the Russian Defense Ministry.

The drills come three days after Russian President Vladimir Putin put the country's Northern Fleet on full alert in a snap combat readiness exercise, which involves more than 38,000 military personnel, about 3,000 land-based mobile weapons systems, as well as dozens of warships, submarines, combat aircraft and helicopters.