"We are ready today to perform the mission. Only the heading has to be laid. Flying tanks will be used, if need be. After mid-air refueling they fly back and the strategic bombers escorted by fighters will continue to perform the mission," Mikhailov said.
Assessing the results of combat training in 2003, Mikhailov called "a breakthrough" the resumption of flights of Russian strategic aviation above the Pacific, Indian and Arctic oceans.