Two Russian Tu-142 (NATO codename Bear-F) planes conducted a planned flight over neutral waters in the Norwegian Sea, the Russian Defense Ministry stated on Saturday.
"On November 2, 2018, two Tu-142 anti-submarine aircraft of the Russian Navy's aviation performed a planned flight over neutral waters of the Norwegian Sea. The flight's duration was more than 12 hours… All flights of the naval aircraft of the Russian Navy are carried out in strict accordance with international rules for the use of airspace without violating the borders of other countries," the ministry’s statement read, adding that the planes then landed at an airfield Russia’s Vologda region.
The flight was conducted during NATO’s Trident Juncture 18 exercises, which are being held in the area.
Trident Juncture 18 was planned to be the largest military exercise in Norway since the 1980s, with 50,000 participants from 31 nations expected to take part in it, including 10,000 vehicles, 250 aircraft, and 65 vessels.