It Took Russian Fighter-Bombers 20 Hours to Reach the North Pole
Moscow is sending more and more warplanes to the far north
According to the Interfax news agency, the four bombers refueled twice during the flight, performing air-to-air refueling in pairs.
The twin-engine, twin-seat warplanes together covered a combined distance of more than 50,000 kilometers in three days. Each Su-34 spent about 20 hours in flight.
The Su-34s—Moscow’s newest strike planes—aren’t the only Russian jets to have operated in the Arctic lately. MiG-31 interceptors have flown as far north as the 82nd parallel, demonstrating their ability to chase down targets around the North Pole.
Russian air force colonel-general Viktor Bondarev told ITAR-TASS that the air arm is preparing to send the MiG-31s even farther north during future exercises.