WATCH: Russian Tu-260 bombers fly over Norway and Russia’s Barents Sea

WATCH: Russian Tu-260 bombers fly over Norway and Russia's Barents Sea Credit: Twitter @AZmilitary1

Two Russian Tu-160 bombers carried out a scheduled flight over the neutral waters of the Barents Sea, according to the Russian Defence Ministry, on Tuesday, July 19.

The Russian Defence Ministry spoke of its Tu-260 bombers flight over the Barents Sea stating:

“Two Tu-160 long-range strategic missile carriers carried out a scheduled flight in the airspace above the neutral waters of the Barents Sea. Fighter escorts were provided by crews of MiG-31 aircraft of the Northern Fleet Air Force and Air Defence Association,” the ministry specified.

They added that the duration of the bombers’ flight exceeded seven hours.

Video footage of the flight was shared on Twitter:

Credit: Twitter @AZmilitary1

The Barents Sea is part of the Arctic Ocean, located off the northern coasts of Norway and Russia and split between Norwegian and Russian territorial waters.

First designed in the Soviet Union in the 1970s, the Tupolev Tu-160 aircraft, is a supersonic, variable-sweep wing heavy strategic bomber.

It is the largest and heaviest Mach 2+ supersonic military aircraft ever built.

The news follows reports of Russian forces allegedly shooting down one of their own Su-34 fighter planes, in Luhansk, Ukraine, as reported on Monday, July 18.

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