British intelligence believes that the operation of strategic aviation of the Russian Federation from airfields remote from Ukraine due to the threat of strikes will complicate the maintenance of outdated aircraft.
This is stated in the intelligence review of the Ministry of Defense of Great Britain.
British intelligence reminds of the message of Oleksiy Danilov, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, dated December 27, 2022, that Russia has transferred Tu-95MS heavy bombers and Tu-22M3 long-range medium bombers to the far east of the country.
On December 5 and 26, 2022, Engels long-range air base was struck and several aircraft were damaged. Russia responded to these incidents with a general deployment of long-range aircraft, especially to airfields far from Ukraine.
As noted, long-range aircraft can still launch air-launched cruise missiles over the territory of Ukraine, as these weapons have a range of 5,000 km in addition to the range of bombers.
"However, operating from deployment locations will add an additional maintenance burden and further deplete the limited range of these aging aircraft," the review said.
As reported, British intelligence believes that the incidents at Russian airports in the depths of the territory of the Russian Federation testify to the difficulties in Russia in order to cover all the needs with the available means of air defense.