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The New York Times: Russia: Bombers Resume Long-Haul Missions

By C. J. CHIVERS
Published: August 10, 2007

Maj. Gen. Pavel Androsov, the commander of Russia’s long-range aviation forces, said its long-range strategic bombers, once part of the Soviet Union’s nuclear forces, had held new flight exercises that included passing by a United States naval base in Guam and trips to the North and South Poles. The bombers also fired eight training missiles at unspecified targets and hit them all, according to General Androsov, who spoke at a news conference. The path of the test flights and the performance of the missiles could not be independently verified but appeared to be another instance of Russia, flush with money from its oil and gas exports, trying to reassert itself as a military and global power.

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