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    Russian Bombers Complete 16-Hour Arctic Patrol

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    Two Tu-95MS strategic bombers have successfully completed a routine patrol mission over the Arctic Ocean, the Defense Ministry said on Monday.

    Two Tu-95MS strategic bombers have successfully completed a routine patrol mission over the Arctic Ocean, the Defense Ministry said on Monday.

     

    The mission - the first so far this year - began on the night of January 27-28 and lasted more than 16 hours.

     

    The bombers were refueled in mid-air from an Ilyushin Il-78 tanker.

     

    The bombers were shadowed over neutral waters by two British Eurofighter jets.

     

    Russia's strategic bombers flew about 50 patrol missions last year, the ministry said.

     

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