Russia is expanding the international presence of its supersonic missile carriers, the long-range aviation commander of the VKS Sergei Kobylash said after a meeting with the Russian Secretary of the Security Council Nikolai Patrushev.
On Wednesday, they discussed the development of the infrastructure of the base in the city of Engels in the Saratov region, flights under the plan of strategic deterrence in the zones of Russia’s national interests, and issues of combating international terrorism.
“The flights that were carried out by the crews of the strategic missile carriers to the equator and Indonesia indicate that the range of tasks is increasing along with the range of those directions and airfields where we are tasked to designate our presence,” said Kobylash.
Strengthening the protection of the Arctic
According to Kobylash, Russia is strengthening the protection of the Arctic with the help of supersonic Tu-160 missile carriers.
“This year we are planning to fly to Anadyr with Tu-160 planes. Now the Arctic is of strategic importance for us, so we are developing new airfields and products for ourselves that will ensure the country’s security from the maritime borders and in this direction,” he said, adding that last year the Tu-22M3 for the first time carried out landings in Anadyr and Vorkuta.
In addition, Kobylash said that the airbase of strategic missile carriers in the city of Engels will receive new headquarters and buildings. He specified that during the first stage of modernization the runway received a new coating of modern materials. Also in 2017 a new refueling complex was built at the airbase.