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New heavy bomber division being former to patrol Pacific near Japan, Hawaii and Guam

By The Siberian Times reporter
07 October 2016

Defence Ministry move seen as bolstering Russia's eastward tilt.

'It will comprise several squadrons of long-haul heavy bombers stationed in the Eastern and the Central military districts.' Picture: Russian Ministry of Defence

The new heavy bomber division to be based in Irkutsk and Amur regions will include Tupolev Tu-95MS strategic missile aircraft and Tupolev Tu-22M3 long-range bombers, according to newspaper Izvestia.

A military source said: 'The formation of the division is nearly complete. It will comprise several squadrons of long-haul heavy bombers stationed in the Eastern and the Central military districts.'

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The formation will include several dozen strategic and long-range bombers to be deployed at airfields in Belaya, Irkutsk region and Ukrainka, Amur region. Pictures: The Siberian Times

It will be tasked with patrolling the Pacific Ocean near Japan, Hawaii and Guam, alongside other missions. The new division is being formed on the basis on the basis of number 6953 Sevastopol-Berlin Red Banner Guards Air Base. 

The formation will include several dozen strategic and long-range bombers to be deployed at airfields in Belaya, Irkutsk region and Ukrainka, Amur region.

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