March 4, 2020 (Google Translation) – Several crews of Tu-142 anti-submarine aircraft of the Northern Fleet completed a week-long training course at the Center for Combat Training and Combat Use of the Naval Aviation Aviation Command in Yeysk, Krasnodar Territory. At the final stage, the pilots worked out refueling in the air from the Il-78 air tanker during joint events with the aviation of the Black Sea Fleet.
The crews of the Tu-142 aircraft of the Northern Fleet are prepared to perform tasks in the far sea zone at various latitudes. They repeatedly performed flight missions in the Arctic, Atlantic and the Mediterranean Sea.
The main purpose of the Tu-142 aircraft is the search and tracking of submarines. The machine can be in the air for several tens of hours and operate autonomously at a great distance from the airfield.