On October 19, 2012 Tu-160 and Tu-95MS strategic bombers of the Engels division performed a successful launch of four air-based cruise missiles. The cruise missiles were reported to have reached their targets at the Pemboy test site.

The launches were apparently part of the exercise of the strategic forces that involved a launch of a R-29R SLBM from the Sea of Okhotsk and a launch of a Topol ICBM from Plesetsk.