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Russian Maritime Reconnaissance Aircraft Fly Over Atlantic Waters

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Russian Tu-142 (ASW) aircraft on 27 July 2014 - Sputnik International
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russian Tu-142 long-range anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft have carried out flights over the Atlantic waters ahead of the NATO military drills that are kicking off on Monday, a spokesperson of Russia’s Northern Fleet said.
"Today, two crews of the Tu-142 long-range anti-submarine warfare aircraft completed flight missions over the Atlantic Iberian waters", the spokesperson said, adding that the aircraft flew over the neutral waters of the Atlantic Ocean; the Norwegian, Barents and North seas.

The duration of the flights was over 15 hours, the Northern Fleet spokesperson said.

The flights were carried out ahead of the NATO Cold Response 2020 military exercises that will start on 9 March in Norway. Around 15,000 people, including 6,000 foreign soldiers, are involved in the exercise.

The Russian Tupolev Tu-142 aircraft can be used in a variety of roles, including anti-submarine warfare, anti-shipping, reconnaissance, and electronic intelligence.

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