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Lethal force: Russia’s Long Range Aviation

A look at one of the most important branches of the Russian Air Force.
By Mikhail Nekrasov

Russia's Ministry of Defence

The Long Range Aviation branch, along with Military Transport, Tactical and Army Aviation branches, is a part of the Russian Air Force. It is designed to implement strategic and operational tasks in the theatre of war.

Among its main tasks are reducing the enemy’s military-economic potential and the destruction of important facilities, military bases, airfields and ports. 

The aircraft fleet is composed of the Tu-160 and Tu-95MS strategic missile carriers, Tu-22M3 long-distance missile-bombers, Il-78 air refueling tankers and TU-22MR reconnaissance aircraft.

The Long Range Aviation branch can also be tasked with long-range bombardment of strategic targets with nuclear weapons.

Video provided by the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation.

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