Russian strategic bombers fly patrol mission from Indonesia
In this photo released by Russian Defense Ministry official web site Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 shows A Russian Tu-95 bomber arrives on Biak Island in Indonesia. The visit by the bombers capable of carrying nuclear weapons seems to underline Russia's resurgent military might and its desire to expand its foothold around the world.(AP Photo/ Russian Defense Ministry Press Service)
December 07, 2017 - 2:33 AM
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 Defence 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.
The bombers' visit to Indonesia marked the first such deployment since Cold War times, when Soviet maritime patrol planes flew over the Pacific from a base in Vietnam.
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