Country: Russia Region: .
Latitude: 51° 25' 24" N Longitude: 46° 15' 35" E
Area use / Military Branches: ACTIVE
Engels, Saratov Oblast. is a strategic airops base from the early 1950's but has been upgraded. in the 1970's, the 1990's, in 2002 and in 2015. Instead of its former use by longrange bombers omly, the base is now also capable to handle all current Russian aircraft.
The base is currently being used by 2 Russian Aerospace force airwings respectively operating the Tu-160 (NATO: Blackjack) and Tu-22 (NATO: Backfire) and the Tu-95 (NATO: Bear) all in nuclear deterrence role. The base has a nuc storage for appx 150 thermonulear ALCM's which now are the standard armament for its assigned aircraft in case of war.
Longrange ops http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3UoP0RQGUU
TU 160 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6ZJlt1DrIo
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