Ukrainka Air Base is located southwest of the town of Svobodny, which is also the headquarters for an ICBM base and the location of a major nuclear weapons storage facility. One of the main Russian strategic bomber bases, Ukrainka is thus unusual in being co-located with other strategic delivery capabilities. According to the 01 July 1996 START-1 Memorandum of Understanding, 16 Bear H16 bombers are deployed at Ukrainka, along with 26 Bear H6 bombers. As of 01 July 1998 bombers deploued at Ukrainka included 16 Bear-H16 and 27 Bear-H6 aircraft.
By 2004 Russian Tu-95 and TU-95MS aircraft were deployed at two air bases. A total of nineteen TU-95MS16 and two TU-MS6, operating in the 121st heavy bomber air regiment, which forms part of the 22nd Air Division that is headquarteed in Engels Air Base in the Moscow region. At the Ukrainka airbase (73th Heavy Bomber Air Division) at Svobodny, there are 16 TU-95MS16 and 26 TU-95MS6 bombers that were redeployed from the Dolon airbase at Semipalatinsk in Kazakhstan.
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- Thomas Cochrane, William Arkin, Robert Norris and Jeffrey Sands, Soviet Nuclear Weapons Nuclear Weapons Databook Volume IV, Natural Resources Defense Council [New York, Harper & Row, 1989].
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