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On the new Tu-160 record: a reminder to the enemy about the capabilities of long-range aviation of the Russian Federation

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It became known about the new world record of the Russian supersonic strategic bombers Tu-160. On September 19, the commander of the long-distance aviation Aerospace Forces (VKS) of Russia, Lieutenant General Sergei Kobylash.


Aircraft record holder


Two long-range aviation crews on the Tu-160 set a world record for flight duration and range. The pilots spent more than 25 hours in the air and covered more than 20 thousand kilometers. According to the general, no one has flown on strategic missile carriers of this class for longer.

Two bombers took off from Engels airfield and landed there. During the flight, they managed to fly over the neutral waters of the central part of the Arctic Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, the Kara Sea, the Laptev Sea, as well as the East Siberian, Chukchi and Barents seas. In the air, the planes refueled three times.

The Tu-160 crews were commanded by Major General Oleg Pchela and Lieutenant Colonel Sergei Volkovitsky. Recall that 49-year-old Major General Oleg Pchela has been in command of the 2017nd Guards Heavy Bomber Aviation Donbas Red Banner Division since 22.

Interestingly, the previous record for flight range and duration also belongs to Tu-160 aircraft. Ten years ago, in 2010, they spent 23 hours in the air, covering a distance of 18 thousand km. Then they refueled twice in the air. And before that, in 2008, the record was also set by Russian Tu-160 bombers, having spent 15 hours in the air while flying to Venezuela. In total for history service of Tu-160 aircraft they have set more than 40 world records, which makes the strategic bomber a real record holder in the history of Russian and world long-range aviation.

As you know, the Tu-160 is a supersonic strategic bomber-missile carrier with a variable sweep wing. It was developed at the Tupolev Design Bureau back in the Soviet period, in the 1970s, at the height of the Cold War, when the Soviet Union acutely felt the need for long-range aircraft of this class.

Features and characteristics of Tu-160


One of the main features of the Tu-160 was the presence of wings with variable geometry. This design made it possible to transform the aircraft into a more versatile machine capable of taking off from a very short runway for such a mass, as well as reaching supersonic speeds by pressing the wings against the fuselage during flight.


The characteristics of the Tu-160 are really impressive. The maximum take-off weight is 275 tons, the maximum combat load is 45 tons, the maximum speed is 2230 km / h, and the maximum flight range is 13 km. Comparing the Tu-950 with the American B-160B, B-1 and B-2 aircraft, the advantages of the Russian strategic missile carrier become obvious.

The Tu-160 was originally armed with long-range cruise missiles with a nuclear warhead. The Kh-55SM missiles are designed to engage stationary targets. They are placed in 6 pieces on two MKU-6-5-U drum launchers. To hit targets at a shorter range, the armament kit can include X-15S aeroballistic missiles - only 24 pieces. Also, the aircraft, subject to re-equipment, can be equipped with bombs of various calibers.

Given the range and duration of the flight, the Tu-160 can actually be anywhere in the world to fulfill the tasks set by the command. And this is a very unpleasant surprise for our potential opponents. It is not for nothing that it is called the "long arms" of the Russian nuclear triad.

Each new record set by the Tu-160 is another reminder to the enemy of the impressive capabilities of Russian long-range aviation, that in the event of a conflict, the "long arms" of the nuclear triad will not be hindered by the seas and oceans that separate the enemy from our country.

Let us also recall that there are a number of projects for modifying the Tu-160 aircraft, the implementation of which will further increase the capabilities of a strategic missile carrier due to the possibility of using promising cruise missiles, aerial bombs, and the use of the latest electronic equipment.
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  1. Lexus
    Lexus 20 September 2020 14: 51 New
    22
    January 16 to January 17 1957 years During Operation Power Flite, three Boeing B-52 Stratofortress strategic bombers flew non-stop around the world, setting a world record.

    A group of 5 aircraft took off, but only 3 aircraft were able to complete it. The bombers covered the 39-kilometer route with four mid-air refuelings in 147 hours 45 minutes and landed at March Air Force Base in California on January 19. For their achievement, all 17 crew members were awarded the Cross of Flight Merit.

    As they say, no comment.
    1. Grazdanin
      Grazdanin 20 September 2020 15: 02 New
      13
      According to the general, no one has flown on strategic missile carriers of this class for longer.

      What "class" and how many aircraft are in this "class" is not specified. There is a suspicion that apart from the Tu-160 there are no aircraft in this "class".
      1. Jack O'Neill
        Jack O'Neill 20 September 2020 15: 07 New
        +2
        What "class" and how many aircraft are in this "class" is not specified. There is a suspicion that apart from the Tu-160 there are no aircraft in this "class".

        Yes and no. Both the B-52 and the Tu-160 are strategists, the only difference is that the Tu-160 is a supersonic strategist.
        1. Lexus
          Lexus 20 September 2020 15: 20 New
          +2
          Tu-160 supersonic strategist.

          And he at least once in this "record" flight to supersonic sound? winked
          1. Jack O'Neill
            Jack O'Neill 20 September 2020 15: 23 New
            +6
            And he at least once in this "record" flight to supersonic sound? winked

            Of course no. Flew at cruising -850 km / h.
          2. sheridans
            sheridans 20 September 2020 15: 30 New
            -9
            GDP in such cases asked - "Why?". That is why go to supersonic in the absence of the slightest opposition? Like - I want that? Their analyst is insignificant.
      2. Reviews
        Reviews 20 September 2020 15: 49 New
        +2
        Quote: Grazdanin
        According to the general, no one has flown on strategic missile carriers of this class for longer.

        What "class" and how many aircraft are in this "class" is not specified. There is a suspicion that apart from the Tu-160 there are no aircraft in this "class".

        It depends on what classification to take. For example, according to the FAI classification, an ordinary aircraft is class "C", and an aircraft with a rotary wing is class "M" and there, in addition to the heavy bomber Tu-160, there is also a heavy bomber B-1B. So, a lot here depends on the agreed terminology.
        1. Grazdanin
          Grazdanin 20 September 2020 15: 55 New
          12
          The B-1B has a record for the maximum flight range of almost 37 km. 000 km for the Tu-20 is somehow pale in comparison.
      3. PROXOR
        PROXOR 22 September 2020 11: 07 New
        0
        B-1 forgotten?
    2. Jack O'Neill
      Jack O'Neill 20 September 2020 15: 06 New
      0
      As they say, no comment.

      I also remembered about the B-52.
    3. _Sergei_
      _Sergei_ 20 September 2020 15: 10 New
      +1
      Probably the B-52 should be compared with the Tu-95, and not with the 160s
      1. Lexus
        Lexus 20 September 2020 15: 15 New
        +6
        In 1993, the B-1B flew a distance of 36 km with six refuelings in the air at an average speed of 797,65 km / h.

        Well, let's say I compared the Tu-160 with the B-1B.
        1. figwam
          figwam 20 September 2020 16: 24 New
          -3
          Quote: lexus
          Well, let's say I compared the Tu-160 with the B-1B.

          What does it have to do with a specially prepared aircraft for a round-the-world flight and setting a record and a combat aircraft with a regular crew performing a combat mission against a real enemy?
          1. GRIGORIY76
            GRIGORIY76 20 September 2020 17: 32 New
            10
            Major General of the Strategist's regular commander?
            1. figwam
              figwam 20 September 2020 17: 47 New
              0
              Quote: GRIGORIY76
              Staff commander of the strategist major general


              This is the commander of the same division, is he an active pilot, or did you think that he was only a commander on paper?)
    4. tlauicol
      tlauicol 20 September 2020 15: 15 New
      +9
      there was a case ... and at about the same time they reeled the same over 52 thousand km on the B-20 without refueling at all. And in less time. It is not clear what the record is. Maybe they wanted to write a "record of Russia"?
      1. Lexus
        Lexus 20 September 2020 15: 29 New
        16
        Ivan hi , wanted, as usual, to shout loudly. Of course, I know about that maximum, without refueling, flight of the B-52. I just didn't want to upset the "couch" at all. As a resident of Russia, I, naturally, am not an idolater of American bombers. But systematic "nonsense" hurts the ear. As well as meaningless ostentatious "achievements".
      2. Alvis07
        Alvis07 20 September 2020 17: 23 New
        +4
        You can even become an "Olympic champion" exclusively on the territory of Russia.
        For example, the Moscow City Court confirmed the decision to recognize bobsledder Alexander Zubkov, accused of violating anti-doping rules, as an Olympic champion in Russia. A lot of things can be recognized through the court of the Russian Federation ... even if the Moon is part of the Penza region.
    5. figwam
      figwam 20 September 2020 15: 28 New
      -11 qualifying.
      Quote: lexus
      As they say, no comment.

      B-52 has not yet overcome supersonic.
      new world record for Russian supersonic strategic bombers

      And the Tu-95 flew over 42 hours.
    6. ccsr
      ccsr 20 September 2020 15: 33 New
      +7
      Quote: lexus
      As they say, no comment.

      There can be only one comment - as Americans, we do not have so many air bases abroad to organize refueling by refueling aircraft outside our territory at long distances. And it makes no sense to drive them near our territory for a record - for such a time the war will have time to end. So one author correctly noted -
      With refueling, you can fly as long as the engine resource allows. So the record is about nothing.
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    8. Bad_gr
      Bad_gr 20 September 2020 20: 38 New
      +3
      Quote: lexus
      The bombers covered the route of 39 147 kilometers with four refueling in the air in 45 hours 19 minutes

      About the amenities on these flights:

      "....... But, oddly enough, the B-52 is no different from the Tu-95 in terms of convenience, everything is the same, we read the article on the BBC:

      "This plane was not designed for humans, it was designed for bombs," Warren Ward says. He knows what he’s talking about: he once flew over 47 hours. "We took off from Barksdale, headed east and landed again at Barksdale, circling the globe," he recalls.
      Of course, there is no need to talk about convenience.
      "You can't even stand erect here. Only on the stairs, if you want to stretch your back. But if you have enough imagination, you can hang the hammock," says the pilot.
      The catapult chair feels like a "concrete curb," he says. As for the smell ... "Let's be honest, it doesn't smell like a brand new car," says Ward.
      "You get in here, the heat envelops you, and the sweat starts rolling right on the seat. But then, when you gain altitude, the temperature drops sharply, and your clothes are still wet, and you chatter from the cold," says the pilot.
      "All the B-52s I flew had the smell of sweat mixed with urine and engine oil," he writes.
      Crew "amenities" consist of a can with a lid that sometimes leaks. "And if you need to go big, then there is a small chemical toilet at your service, which we call a honey pot," laughs Warren Ward.
      “But whoever takes advantage of it is banished forever. During that round-the-world flight, we argued - who the first will not stand, buys beer, - says Ward. - We flew to the Aleutian Islands, when our co-pilot was covered with sweat and relieved himself. communication, a voice rang out: "We have a winner!"

      As we can see, even in the US Air Force, going on a plane is a big sin!

      Well, the situation has improved with the advent of the normal supersonic strategic bomber B-1B (just like we have with the appearance of the Tu-160)
      The crew of the B-1B aircraft consists of four people: two pilots and two operators of onboard systems. An ejection seat is installed for each crew member. Access to the cab is via a hinged door behind the A-pillar with integrated gangway. The aircraft has two obvious advantages over the B-52 - a kitchen and a toilet ...... "

      Oddly enough, the old B-36 had:
      Two-burner electric stove in the rear pressurized cabin

      Rest cabin.

      http://forums.airforce.ru/kurilka/7308-udobstva-v-dal-nei-aviacii/
    9. U-58
      U-58 21 September 2020 03: 56 New
      +1
      Yes Yes. Somewhere in 1976 or 77, a single B-52 sailed around the world.
  2. Nikolay Ivanov_5
    Nikolay Ivanov_5 20 September 2020 14: 59 New
    +3
    I wish our missile carriers an easy takeoff and soft landing.
  3. parusnik
    parusnik 20 September 2020 14: 59 New
    0
    The Russian Aerospace Forces is armed with 16 Tu-160 strategic bombers, if I'm not mistaken.
    1. Alvis07
      Alvis07 20 September 2020 16: 02 New
      -3
      Not 16 Tu-160 strategic bombers, but as many as 16 Tu-160 strategic bombers.
      1. Grazdanin
        Grazdanin 20 September 2020 16: 28 New
        +3
        Quote: Alvis07
        as many as 16 strategic bombers Tu-160.

        Or 32 halves of Tu-160, and even 64 quarters of Tu-160! fellow
        1. Alvis07
          Alvis07 20 September 2020 16: 38 New
          -2
          And you can also count in parrots:

      2. parusnik
        parusnik 20 September 2020 16: 57 New
        +2
        and as many as 16 strategic bombers Tu-160.
        ... Armada ... how they will fly in a flock ... And it's so sad, I mean by the number ...
  4. fa2998
    fa2998 20 September 2020 15: 09 New
    +3
    "Long arm" is an ICBM. Aviation, from the moment of departure "under control" - satellites, "Avaks", land and sea radars. And measures to take, especially when you have a sea of ​​bases around the world, and aircraft carriers.
    The launch of the ICBM can also be noticed - here is the intercept problem!
  5. Alien From
    Alien From 20 September 2020 15: 16 New
    +1
    Interestingly, and they flew with ammunition?
  6. Avior
    Avior 20 September 2020 15: 18 New
    +5
    Americans have a lot of reports of long non-stop flights
    ... The B-2 made one of its longest combat sorties (which is called the record for its duration in world history), a 44-hour combat sortie with air refueling [23] - taking off from Whiteman airbase in Missouri, completing a combat mission in Afghanistan and returning to their home base [19].
    During Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003, B-2s flew combat missions from Diego Garcia Atoll and another "forward base" whose name was not disclosed. .... The duration of combat missions was more than 30 hours. During one of the sorties, the B-2 remained in the air without landing for 50 hours [19].

    It is necessary to give more accurate information.
  7. Sergey Valov
    Sergey Valov 20 September 2020 15: 24 New
    +6
    With refueling, you can fly as long as the engine resource allows. So the record is about nothing.
    1. Ros 56
      Ros 56 20 September 2020 18: 43 New
      -2
      Seriously, what about the human resource, have you ever wondered? It's not my wife's side to pound on the keyboard.
      1. _Ugene_
        _Ugene_ 20 September 2020 20: 02 New
        -1
        in such a huge plane, you can take two crews, some are at the helm, others are sleeping, resting
        1. Ros 56
          Ros 56 21 September 2020 07: 10 New
          -1
          Everything is clear with your concept of the plane. fool
          1. _Ugene_
            _Ugene_ 21 September 2020 09: 48 New
            +2
            everything is clear with your level of intelligence, I will not put emoticons so as not to overload your brain
            1. Ros 56
              Ros 56 21 September 2020 12: 07 New
              -2
              Do not bet, you will pass for a smart one, but do not worry about the brain, and they were not taught such.
      2. Sergey Valov
        Sergey Valov 20 September 2020 20: 45 New
        +3
        Submarines do not float for weeks, cosmonauts revolve around the Earth for months ... There are 4 people in the crew, two are resting, two are in control of the flight. They're going to set a record, not bomb, they'll hold out. Here the engine will sooner stop.
        1. Ros 56
          Ros 56 21 September 2020 07: 15 New
          -1
          When experts like you are silent, they look much smarter. Is it really incomprehensible that the crew is on the plane, and there is nowhere to place the second, this is not a transport worker for you and the times are not Chkalov's now.
          1. Sergey Valov
            Sergey Valov 21 September 2020 14: 24 New
            +2
            I demand a quote where I wrote about two crews.
            1. Ros 56
              Ros 56 21 September 2020 15: 52 New
              -3
              Ask your wife, There are 4 people in the carriage, Which two will you put in?
              1. Sergey Valov
                Sergey Valov 21 September 2020 15: 58 New
                +1
                I repeat: where I wrote about the two crews, I require a quote, not my own speculation.
  8. Sergey Obraztsov
    Sergey Obraztsov 20 September 2020 15: 30 New
    +2
    The main characters in this news are the pilots. I envy their strength, endurance and concentration. This is where you need to look for the best of the best, not on the sidelines of power.
    1. Mityasha
      Mityasha 21 September 2020 05: 44 New
      +3
      In addition to the pilots, there are other crew members, in this case, navigators. Therefore, if you want about the heroes, then the CREW.
      And there are the best in any field of activity ...
  9. Rage66
    Rage66 20 September 2020 15: 40 New
    +1
    Czechs are less happy wassat
  10. Alvis07
    Alvis07 20 September 2020 16: 02 New
    +6
    The world's first non-stop round-the-world flight took place in 1949. A strategic bomber of the 43rd Bomber Group of the United States Air Force Boeing B-50 Superfortress with a crew of 14 took off from Caswell AFB (Fort Worth, Texas) on February 26. The plane returned to the same airfield on March 2, covering the distance of 94 km in 1 hours and 37 minute. The average speed was 742 km / h. In flight, the bomber's fuel reserves were replenished four times with the help of refueling aircraft.

  11. fa2998
    fa2998 20 September 2020 16: 47 New
    +7
    Quote: lexus
    meaningless ostentatious "achievements".

    This is called propaganda. If the author of the article does not know about the performance of other airplanes, the Internet will help him. Why should he? Then the article about records breaks down, but he needs to eat! lol hi
  12. tralflot1832
    tralflot1832 20 September 2020 17: 38 New
    -1
    Not a specialist. But I wonder if the TU 160 will perform a combat mission before the launch of an ICBM or after? That they will be in the air in an hour is understandable. hi
    1. WapentakeLokki
      WapentakeLokki 20 September 2020 18: 19 New
      -6
      ... and the creation of the Poseidon system, in your opinion, is it like ??? ... if anyone knows, then the first nuclear-powered ship of the Country of Soviets K-3 (.. Lenin Komsomol - eg. Kit ..) was supposed to be equipped torpedo (seemingly T-14) with a comparable paradigm (of course, based on the technologies of the 50s) .. I also remember Berezin and his `` Huge Black Ship '' there one to one torpedo is described) .. and now, 70 years later, something that is not implemented in the Union created (hopefully CREATED) in Russia ... and how is this weapon RETURN (dead hand) .. and how the Tu-160 is a `` Doomsday Weapon '' when your Country is ALREADY on fire, but America STILL not .. but ... as VVP said ... why do we need the World if there is no Russia in it ...
      1. tralflot1832
        tralflot1832 20 September 2020 18: 37 New
        -1
        I like the concept of the Dead Hand. If anything, we will be avenged. I am interested in the TU 160, this is the weapon of the first strike, or to finish off what is left of our first strike. I consider American AUGs as a weapon of the second strike, too long time to reach the line of use. hi
        1. Bad_gr
          Bad_gr 20 September 2020 20: 57 New
          +1
          Quote: tralflot1832
          I am interested in TU 160, this is a weapon of the first strike, or to finish off what is left of our first strike ...

          Strategic aircraft have a big plus:
          flying along the foreign border, he presses well on the brains.
          The fact that somewhere there is a missile that is aimed at the same country is less frightening than the plane right next door.
          1. SovAr238A
            SovAr238A 20 September 2020 21: 42 New
            +2
            Quote: Bad_gr
            Quote: tralflot1832
            I am interested in TU 160, this is a weapon of the first strike, or to finish off what is left of our first strike ...

            Strategic aircraft have a big plus:
            flying along the foreign border, he presses well on the brains.
            The fact that somewhere there is a missile that is aimed at the same country is less frightening than the plane right next door.


            All right ...
            Only there is one thing but ..
            American bombers fly off our shores ...

            Russian bombers fly near their shores ...
            And as soon as the Russian bomber approaches the Bering Strait, all our note-down doggie-dogs begin to screech that ours are flying near the coast of America ...

            Not wanting to even think about what is the difference between the coast of Alaska in the Bering Strait and the Pacific coast in the area of ​​Seattle (naval base Kitsap) or San Diego (naval base San Diego) ...

            I have not heard that our strategists would fly towards Guam, Diego Garcia, Ganolulu ...

            Well, there have never been long-distance transoceanic flights ...
    2. Mityasha
      Mityasha 21 September 2020 05: 47 New
      +1
      To find the answer to this question, one must become a specialist, and then the answers to many questions in this area will be found by themselves. hi
  13. iouris
    iouris 20 September 2020 18: 35 New
    -1
    When we see how Tu-160s are accompanied by F-16s and Typhoons, the question arises, why does an aircraft need supersonic speed? The fuel supply must be used to avoid escorting. Or is it not politically correct: will the "partners" be offended? They are so rash and they have such a GDP that they don't fit ...
    1. _Ugene_
      _Ugene_ 20 September 2020 20: 09 New
      -1
      cannot, the Tu-160 and F-16 have approximately the same maximum speeds, and the Tu-160 at maximum speed will gobble up like ten F-16s, but theoretically it can break away from the F-35, but there is little sense in this, with such a huge EPR it is for 200-300 km. will be a very easy target for a penguin
      1. iouris
        iouris 20 September 2020 20: 45 New
        -2
        Quote: _Ugene_
        and fuel Tu-160 at maximum speed will gobble up like ten F-16s,

        Yah? It's good that Greta Thunberg does not know about this, otherwise she would go broke. You have convinced me: a very harmful plane.
      2. Sergey Valov
        Sergey Valov 20 September 2020 20: 54 New
        0
        The F-16 has 10 times less fuel smile ... But seriously, the speed is needed not so much to take off as to disrupt the interception.
      3. Bad_gr
        Bad_gr 20 September 2020 21: 06 New
        0
        Quote: _Ugene_
        will not be able, the Tu-160 and F-16 have approximately the same maximum speeds,

        Even this year, there were cases of the departure of the Tu-160 from the F-16. The maximum speed of the Tu-160 is higher. By this parameter, the F-35, in the context of the pursuit of the Tu-160, is not even worth mentioning.
      4. Mityasha
        Mityasha 21 September 2020 05: 51 New
        +1
        In real flights according to their intended purpose, swans should not meet with penguins, to complete tasks there is a TSA and providing actions ...
    2. SovAr238A
      SovAr238A 20 September 2020 21: 45 New
      0
      Quote: iouris
      When we see how Tu-160s are accompanied by F-16s and Typhoons, the question arises, why does an aircraft need supersonic speed? The fuel supply must be used to avoid escorting. Or is it not politically correct: will the "partners" be offended? They are so rash and they have such a GDP that they don't fit ...


      Where will it come off? How will he leave the escort if he is immediately accepted by "other couples" ...
      They begin to lead him immediately after entering the international space ...
      First from Norway, then from Denmark, then from England ...
      In the east as well ..
      Alaska with tankers, then Alaska without tankers, then transferred to planes from the Japanese islands ...
      1. iouris
        iouris 21 September 2020 12: 58 New
        -1
        So why does the Russian Federation need such a missile bomber? Or is the Russian Federation using it incorrectly?
        1. Sergey Sfiedu
          Sergey Sfiedu 26 September 2020 19: 18 New
          0
          Good question! It is clear that those that exist can and should be used, the Yankees won B-1B so intensively used in local wars that many have already exhausted their resources. But I think it is unreasonable to build new 40-year-old aircraft without stealth technology. No supersonic sound will save them.
  14. Ros 56
    Ros 56 20 September 2020 18: 41 New
    -7
    Somehow it’s calmer in my soul when you read such texts, but among the adversaries I think the opposite, in my soul cats scratch when they look at our swans.
  15. APASUS
    APASUS 20 September 2020 19: 48 New
    +2
    I think the Americans are already aware of what the TU-160 is. And this record is a little off topic. If only our aircraft manufacturers built the Tu-160M2 5 new pieces in a year, this record would have puzzled the Americans more.
    1. iouris
      iouris 20 September 2020 20: 41 New
      -1
      Quote: APASUS
      I wish our aircraft builders would build TU-160M2 5 new units in a year

      Hooray!!
      So it’s impossible.
      Correctly!!
  16. kit88
    kit88 20 September 2020 21: 18 New
    +6
    Why did you, citizens, get to the bottom of the author of the article. He's completely out of business here.
    Although of course his pressing the wings ...
    The Tu-160 cannot press its wings (that he is a crow or something).
    He has a wing. One wing
    Well, not the point. In fact, the sniper pilot, Hero of the Russian Federation, Lieutenant General Sergey Ivanovich Kobylash said about this record.
    And he did the right thing. Now there is no time for equivocation towards "partners". Let it be a world record.
    For questions: ".... and for what type of aircraft is the actual record?"
    There is a decent answer - For TU-160. And go all the forest.
    1. Mityasha
      Mityasha 21 September 2020 05: 56 New
      0
      Well, actually, for such statements there is a special body in the RF Ministry of Defense - the press service. the general has other concerns ...
    2. iouris
      iouris 21 September 2020 11: 08 New
      0
      Kobylash actually flew the Su-25. Well, okay, let's go, because "the Air Force is a country of chYdes".
      By the way, how can a pilot be a "sniper" if practice has shown that the results, for example, of pilots' range bombings are statistically little distinguishable. A sniper can be a sighting and navigation system and an aircraft armament complex. It is especially funny when the commander of an aviation transport regiment is appointed as a sniper. With this honorary title something urgently needs to be done: "Honored military pilot (navigator)" I understand that.
      1. kit88
        kit88 21 September 2020 13: 14 New
        +7
        This is not an honorific title.
        This is a cool flight crew qualification.
        B / C, 3, 2, 1 class, Sniper pilot.
        1. iouris
          iouris 21 September 2020 13: 23 New
          -1
          This is yes. But B / k and "Sniper" cannot be a cool qualification. Can not.
          1. 2 Level Advisor
            2 Level Advisor 22 September 2020 11: 24 New
            0
            well, purely from the point of view of the meaning of words, of course it is more logical to call, for example, a master pilot ..
            1. iouris
              iouris 24 September 2020 13: 12 New
              -1
              From a purely practical point of view, even with a flight time of 100 hours a year, it is impossible to be highly qualified without participation in real hostilities, and it is more logical to use UAVs and precision weapons in most missions.
              1. 2 Level Advisor
                2 Level Advisor 24 September 2020 13: 36 New
                0
                Well, for the pilots - I think it's not so critical .. In Syria, except for attack aircraft, participation in the DB is not much different from the exercises for the rest (in terms of striking) ..
  17. Dmitry V.
    Dmitry V. 24 September 2020 13: 09 New
    0
    What is the record - who recorded it? Where are the sealed recorders and international commissioners?
    Some kind of incompetence from the RF Air Force.
    Even the Americans kicked up: US Strategic Command @ US_Stratcom
    22 Sep

    Non-stop flights:
    ✅B-1 Lancer: 30 Hours (2014)
    ✅B-2 Spirit: 44 Hours (2001)
    ✅B-52 Stratofortress: 45 Hours (1957)
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