2 Russian Tu-160 strategic bombers, an An-124 transport and an Il-62 plane have carried out a 10,000-kilometer flight from Russia to Venezuela, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on December 10. The aforementioned was conducted over the Atlantic Ocean, the Barents Sea, the Sea of Norway and the Caribbean Sea.
“At certain stages of the flight, the Tu-160 bombers were followed by F-16 fighter aircraft of the Norwegian Air Force while the flight was carried out in strict accordance with the international rules on the use of airspace,” the ministry said in a statement.
The air group landed at the Simon Bolivar International Airport in Venezuela’s capital, Caracas, on December 10. Venezuelan Defense Minister, Vladimir Padrino Lopez, was among the officials greeting Russian servicemen at the landing field.