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The activity of Russian strategic aviation. A group of 3 strategic bombers (type to be confirmed) (call sign 70291/70292/70293) are working with the Il-78 tanker (call sign 42603) January 20,2022

Air Force


  • All voice frequencies mentioned on this page are on the upper sideband.
  • The aircraft callsigns are made of 5 digits.
  • The primary/secondary designations reflect the usage by aircraft; the ground stations usually transmit on all frequencies simultaneously.

Military Transport Aviation


  • 6685
  • 8847 (Secondary)
  • 11360
  • 18030

Ground station callsigns

  • Davlenie: 708th Regiment, Taganrog
  • Kasta: 224th Detachment, Tver
  • Klarnetist: 196th Regiment, Tver
  • Korsar: Military Transport Aviation HQ, Moscow
  • Magnetron: 566th Regiment, Seshcha
  • Lad’ya: Heard in radio checks, location unconfirmed
  • Polis: 117th Regiment, Orenburg
  • Polotno: Heard in radio checks, location unconfirmed
  • Proselok: 334th Regiment, Pskov

This network carries plain voice traffic between transport aircraft and the Military Transport Aviation units.

Long-Range Aviation

8131Callsigns“Balans” (Moscow)
“Katolik” (Saratov)
“Dvojchatka” (Moscow-2)
“Limit” (Saratov-2)”Nabor” (Moscow)
“Shpora” (Saratov)
“Balans” (Moscow-2)
“Tezis” (Saratov-2)”Ochistka” (Moscow)
“Medyanka” (Saratov)
“Duga” (Saratov-2)

“Stupen” (Moscow)
“Tablica” (Saratov)
“Kedr” (Saratov-2)

“Balans” (Moscow)
“Katolik” (Saratov)
“Dvojchatka” (Moscow-2)
“Limit” (Saratov-2)MorseFrequencies8112 (Ground)
8990 (Air)
11318 (Ground)5620 (Ground)
8029 (Ground)
8170 (Air)6642 (Air)
8895 (Ground)
9128 (Air)5835 (Ground)
8162 (Ground)
9027 (Air)8112 (Ground)
8990 (Air)
11318 (Ground)Callsigns“IWV4”

This network is associated with the Tu-95 strategic bombers and the Il-78 tankers supporting them. It is also known as the Bear net, after the NATO reporting name for the Tu-95, Bear.

The frequencies and the callsigns used depend on the season. The activity takes place mainly on the 8 MHz channels. During activity on this network, a single letter (“W” for Europe, or “G” for the Pacific) is repeatedly transmitted on one of the Morse ground frequencies around H+00, H+20, and H+40 for 2 minutes each.

Training operations are conducted away from the main frequencies. Voice communications take place within the 5.6 MHz range, with a single ground station present using a distinct callsign. Otherwise, the procedures used are exactly the same. The voiced callsigns for the ground stations when conducting training are named above as Moscow-2 and Saratov-2.


General information

While the HF radio networks of each Russian military branch are nominally separate, they follow common sets of rules described on the following pages.

Russian Ground Forces

The HF radio presence of the Russian Ground Forces consists of many interconnected subnetworks, and it’s not possible to cover them all adequately. The callsigns are made of either a word and 2 digits (in voice only), or a 4-character combination of letters and sometimes digits. A callsign may refer to either a single unit, or a group of units.

It should be noted that whilst we at Priyom do our utmost to monitor and log HF transmissions, not every page will be 100% up to date at any given time. A lack of transmission logs does not necessarily equate to no activity from a particular frequency or station.

Western Military District

Southern Military District

Russian Air Force

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