Russia about to deploy Tu-22M3 supersonic bombers in Crimea

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Russia about to deploy Tu-22M3 supersonic bombers in Crimea
A squadron of Russian Tu-22M3 bombers is heading to the Crimea, the Russian media Pravda said yesterday July 22nd. The Russian Defense Ministry is sending the bombers to the peninsula to strengthen the attack group of the Russian Air Force in the region, a undisclosed Russian Ministry of Defence source said.
Russian Air Force Tu-22M3 Blackfire supersonic bomber
The Tu-22M3 bomber aircraft will be able to reach a vast territory beyond the shores of the Black Sea. The decision of the Russian defense department will thus improve the defense capability of the Black Sea area.

"Its combat capabilities will allow a considerable increase in the air defence reinforcement around the Black Sea and the surrounding region," the defence ministry source told Interfax. "This is one of the measures taken in response to the deployment of an American missile base on the territory of Romania," a the source added.

According to the source, the Tu-22M3 deployment to Crimea could eventually be increased to a whole regiment. An air force squadron normally consists of between 10 and 24 military aircraft, however it can include more, according to the Russian naval dictionary. A regiment consists of several squadrons.

The Tu-22M3 bombers, also known as Backfire bombers, are not currently deployed in Crimea, however they got a chance to experience the terrain in March when some of them were deployed to the peninsula during large-scale snap exercises.

About 70 Tu-22M aircraft actually remain in service with the Russian Air Force.