Ukrainka (air base)

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Ukrainka
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Summary
Airport type Military
Owner Ministry of Defence
Operator Russian Air Force
Location Belogorsk
Elevation AMSL 771 ft / 235 m
Coordinates 51°10′12″N 128°26′42″E / 51.17000°N 128.44500°E / 51.17000; 128.44500Coordinates: 51°10′12″N 128°26′42″E / 51.17000°N 128.44500°E / 51.17000; 128.44500
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
03/21 11,483 3,500 Concrete

Ukrainka (also known as Ookrainka and Seryshevo) is one of Russia's largest strategic Long Range Aviation bases in the Russian Far East. Located in Amur Oblast, Russia, 28 km north of Belogorsk, and 8km north of the town of Seryshevo, it is a major nuclear bomber base, with large tarmacs and nearly 40 revetments.

In 1955, Ukrainka was one of only six Soviet bases capable of handling the Myasishchev M-4 (Bison) bomber. The Tu-22 (Blinder) operated from the base in the 1960s-1970s, and by the 1980s, its fleet consisted of a large number of Tu-95K22 (Bear-G) and a smaller number of Tu-95K (Bear-B) aircraft. By 1994, all of the early Tu-95 variants had been replaced by the Tu-95MS Bear-H. In 1998, it had 16 Tu-95MS16 and 27 Tu-95MS6 aircraft, according to START I treaty documents[#21].

Units stationed at Ukrainka have included:

  • 73rd Heavy Bomber Aviation Regiment (73 TBAP), with 42 Tu-95 bombers in the mid-1990s, many from Dolon.
  • 40 Gv TBAP (40th Guards Heavy Bomber Aviation Regiment) with Myasishchev 3M bombers starting in 1957, and Tu-95, Tu-134, and An-26 aircraft through the 1980s and 1990s.

Tu-95 bombers that made up the 1023rd and 1226th TBAPs at Dolon in the Kazakh SSR were withdrawn to Ukrainka after the USSR dissolved in 1992.[1]

In 2007, units stationed at the base included:[2]

The other two regiments listed under the control of the 326th TBAD by Air Forces Monthly in 2007 were the 200th Heavy Bomber Air Regiment at Belaya, near Irkutsk, and the 444th Heavy Bomber Air Regiment at Vozdvizhenka (Ussuriysk).

In 2009 there were extensive Air Force reductions. Strategic bomber units were reduced to three, with Ukrainka becoming the home of the 6952nd Air Base (warfare.ru reporting that it was the former 79th Heavy Bomber Aviation Regiment).[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "All Strategic Bombers Out Of Kazakhstan; Talks On Those In Ukraine," RFE/RL News Briefs, Vol. 3, No. 9, 21–25 February 1994, via Nuclear Threat Initiative, and Oleg Bukharin, Pavel L. Podvig, Frank von Hippel, Russian Strategic Nuclear Forces, MIT Press, 2004 ISBN 0-262-66181-0, ISBN 978-0-262-66181-2, p.385
  2. ^ Air Forces Monthly, 2007
  3. ^ Michael Holm, 326th Heavy Bomber Aviation Division, accessed September 2011
  4. ^ http://www.warfare.ru/?linkid=2238&catid=239

External links[edit]

"Planes of Distant aircraft of Russia will lead start-up of cruise missiles on the purposes on range near Vorkuta (2006)". arms-tass.su.