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Two Russian Strategic Bombers To Fly To United States In 2013

Two RussianTu-95MS bombers are due to fly to an air base in the United States next year.
The head of Russia's Long Range Air Force says two Russian Tu-95MS strategic bombers will fly to an air base in the United States next year under an agreement reached between U.S. and Russian military representatives.

General Anatoly Zhikharev said two Russian bombers would land at Barksdale air base in Louisiana and that later that year two U.S. B-52 strategic bombers would visit Russia's Engels air base in the Saratov region.

Zhikharev said he believed that this form of cooperation "will develop further."

Commenting on whether the Tu-95MS, manufactured in the 1980s, were obsolete, Zhikharev said the U.S. B-52 bomber started being produced in the 1950s and "the Americans believe that they will remain in service for another 30 years."

Based on reporting by ITAR-TASS and, IFX Rus