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RAF Scrambles To Intercept Russian Bombers

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posted on Jul, 19 2007 @ 09:29 AM
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The US has better than "spy planes"... we have the Global Hawk.




posted on Jul, 19 2007 @ 11:31 AM
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the global hawk is nothing when compared to the US RC-135 planes....other than not putting a single person in danger....

speaking of a wrong act that could back fire.....

here's some lyrics that could be funny to some....
www.dosgringosrocks.com...

if you go back one page on there you can play the song



posted on Jul, 19 2007 @ 11:32 AM
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Those Russians sure have big balls.

I wonder what the hell's up with them?

I look at it this way: the bigger the balls, the easier the target and the harder they fall.

God save the Queen.



posted on Jul, 19 2007 @ 01:41 PM
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Originally posted by infinite
well....

what would you say, if i told you i was?


lol. I'd ask if you were of any relation to GW Bush or Dick Cheney. Seems like they're always gunning for a fight as well.



posted on Jul, 20 2007 @ 01:52 PM
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They're at it again with two more incidents.

www.forbes.com...

Norwegian military spokesman Lt. Col. John Inge Oeglaend told The Associated Press his country's F-16s were sent into action twice Friday, including once when two Tu-95s headed south along the Norwegian coast in international airspace and turned around above Aberdeen on Scotland's North Sea coast.

Oeglaend characterized the incidents as routine, but said it was a "bit unusual that the first two bombers went so far south."


So, while obviously nothing new, it could still be related to recent events if their flight plan was indeed a "bit unusual". Does anyone have any idea of how many of these incidents actually happen on a weekly or even monthly basis? Is this remotely normal or could these be related to recent events?



posted on Jul, 20 2007 @ 02:47 PM
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Originally posted by Muppetus Galacticus
Does anyone have any idea of how many of these incidents actually happen on a weekly or even monthly basis? Is this remotely normal or could these be related to recent events?


At the height of the cold war, it was daily, sometimes twice daily using different aircraft from different directions.

Post cold war you could be looking a weekly/monthly.

But, like I said above, there are reasons why they might have stepped up a little right now.

One thing I'm fairly sure of is that these planes didn't turn around "above Aberdeen". They would have been intercepted an awful lot further out, and would not have been allowed to overfly UK territorial waters.



posted on Jul, 20 2007 @ 02:53 PM
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Originally posted by neformore
At the height of the cold war, it was daily, sometimes twice daily using different aircraft from different directions.

Post cold war you could be looking a weekly/monthly.

But, like I said above, there are reasons why they might have stepped up a little right now.

One thing I'm fairly sure of is that these planes didn't turn around "above Aberdeen". They would have been intercepted an awful lot further out, and would not have been allowed to overfly UK territorial waters.


Very true. And thanks for the info on how frequent they have been



posted on Jul, 22 2007 @ 02:41 PM
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Here's a photo of one of the Russian bombers being escorted by a Norwegian F-16.



Photo: LUFTFORSVARET/331-SKVADRON


Aftenposten: Russian flights raised concern

20 Jul 2007


Norway scrambled two of its fighter jets this week after Russian bombers got a little too close to the Norwegian coast for comfort. It wasn't clear whether the Russian flights were related to diplomatic tension between Russia and Great Britain, which also sent out jets of its own.

Norwegian military sources confirmed that two Norwegian F-16 fighter jets were dispatched after two Russian Tupolev 95 "Bear" bombers approached Norwegian air space.

The Russian bombers first flew south along the coast of northern Norway on Tuesday, off Finnmark County. They made two more lengthy sorties late Thursday night, prompting Norwegian jets to fly out to meet them once again

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.



posted on Aug, 22 2007 @ 04:06 PM
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It happened again...


New thread:

British RAF Jets Intercept Russian Bomber (by The_Coo)



posted on Aug, 22 2007 @ 04:49 PM
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reply to post by Hellmutt
 


caught that this morning too. had to re-check this thread to make sure it was updated.




posted on Aug, 23 2007 @ 12:44 AM
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The act itself isn't all that of a provacation. It went on throughout the cold war, especially in the 70's and 80's.

What is a concern is that they haven't done this in awhile, and now all of a sudden they are stepping up the readiness. In addition Putin has announced that Russian will resume regular strategic bomber/maritime recon patrols across the atlantic and pacific after a 14 year absence.

www.cnn.com...

Nice to see the EuroFighter in action.

www.telegraph.co.uk.../news/2007/08/21/nraf121.xml

They did this a week ago off Guam, and a couple times by Alaska. I'll have to dig to find a link, but the Russians boasted about a year ago that a TU-160 actually penatrated Canadian airspace without being detected by NORAD. Putin also announced production of new TU160's and other combat aircraft, new nuclear missiles, and possibly up to six nuclear powered aircraft carriers.

www.telegraph.co.uk...;jsessionid=DDDB33S5I00B1QFIQMGSFFWAVCBQWIV0?xml=/news/2007/08/19/wputin119.xml

So, looks like a possible return to the "bad old days".



posted on Sep, 14 2007 @ 03:02 AM
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It just happened again, about four hours ago. Tu-160 Black-Jack's were intercepted by norwegian F-16s. Also british planes were sent up to meet the Russian bombers who were headed towards Scotland.



posted on Sep, 14 2007 @ 03:08 AM
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I'll look for some details on that Helmutt.

Its going to happen a lot.

This time in a month it will be so commonplace that it won't make the news.



posted on Sep, 14 2007 @ 03:26 AM
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I haven't found any link in english. Here's for those who can read norwegian (or have access to a translator). The article is less than an hour old. They say it happened just before 6 am, Friday morning, norwegian time (4½ hours ago). There were two Tupolev-160 bombers.

NRK: F-16 møtte russiske bombefly (in norwegian)



posted on Sep, 14 2007 @ 12:09 PM
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It's apparently available in english now...


RAF jets scrambled to track Russian bombers (by infinite)



posted on Sep, 14 2007 @ 01:10 PM
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I notice many posts blowing it all off as just like cold war 1 and that we shouldn't care.. i remember the cold war and as i recall most people didn't like it then either. thats why they were happy to see it end. if Russia flew these bombers over your house.. would you care then?



posted on Oct, 27 2007 @ 06:19 AM
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This time some Russian Tupolev 160 bombers neared the city of Noordwijk, where defence ministers of NATO were meeting...



Kyiv Post: Russian bombers neared NATO summit on unusual practice run, Norway's military says


Oct 26 2007


Lien said the later flight - by two Tupolev 160 strategic bombers - followed a course near the Norwegian coast and between Britain and Denmark, before turning back some 190 kilometers (120 miles) northwest of the Netherlands, where NATO defense ministers were meeting in the city of Noordwijk.

"They were flying a very unusual course, compared to what we are used to," Lien told The Associated Press by telephone from north Norway. "It could have been a coincidence, but there is also a chance that it was a signal" meant for the Western alliance

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Russian Air Force spokesman Col. Alexander Drobyshevsky told the Russian Interfax-AVN news agency that those flights were part worldwide exercises on Thursday.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.



posted on Oct, 27 2007 @ 08:03 AM
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This is Russia saying Hi, where still here to NATO and the US, since the increase in there economy through oil and gas there defence budget as increased and they've managed to start pulling there Bombers out of mothball, i can see Russia pumping more money into there defence as long as there economy keeps growing and i wouldn't be surprised to see the old Russian bear back on its feet in the next 20 to 30 years.



posted on Oct, 27 2007 @ 08:39 AM
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Thanks for the update Hellmutt. I have been following the growing presence of Russian airplanes near NATO and Norwegian airspace with great interest and some concern this past year.

This is defiantly Russia making sure we know they are still there. I say they are testing Norwegian, British and NATO air response as well. So far we have done a good job responding it seems. I still perceive this as a sign that we should hurry up and strengthen our naval and air bases in the North though.

I commented on Russian activety in this thread a few days ago.



posted on Oct, 27 2007 @ 09:11 AM
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Found this video today.

www.youtube.com...




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