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Russian strategic nuclear bombers threatened U.S. airspace near Alaska earlier this month and F-15 jets responded by intercepting the aircraft taking part in large-scale arctic war games, according to defense officials.
The Russian war games began the same day President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin held a frosty summit meeting in Mexico June 18.
U.S. officials said the arctic exercises over the Russian Far East and Pacific appeared to be a further sign of Russia’s hardening posture toward the United States.
Originally posted by Maxatoria
Its common here in the UK for them to test the response time of the RAF, they fly over international waters and don't actually enter sovereign airspace but we send up a few fighters to watch them and they head back home
About 30 Tu-22M3 strategic bombers from Russia’s Long Range Aviation fleet will be modernized by 2020, Russian Air Force spokesman Col. Vladimir Drik said on Tuesday.
“We plan to upgrade about 30 strategic bombers to the M3M standard,” Drik said.
Tu-22M3 (NATO reporting name Backfire-C) is a supersonic, swing-wing, long-range strategic bomber that Russia uses mainly to patrol the skies over its southern borders, Central Asia and the Black Sea region.
The Russian Air Force will receive more than 10 modernized Tu-160 Blackjack strategic bombers by 2020, the Defense Ministry said on Tuesday.
According to official data, Russia has at least 16 Tu-160 aircraft in service. There are plans to increase their number to 30.
“The Tu-160 in service with the Air Force are already undergoing modernization,” Air Force spokesman Col. Vladimir Drik said. “We are planning to receive more than 10 aircraft of this type.”
Originally posted by johncarter
It seems the war "news" are intensifying on all sides by the day. China and Iran are sending parts of their fleet through the suez. The russians are testing US defences and NATO reaction in Syria.
This particular Russian flyby seems to have been the Tu-95MS Bear H and Tu-160 supersonic and extremely leathal ‘Blackjack’
The question remains, will we make it to next christmas or will we all be all blown to hell?
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A Russian military plane will fly over Canada this week, taking photographs of cities, military bases and just about anything else that looks interesting.
Originally posted by johncarter
It seems the war "news" are intensifying on all sides by the day. China and Iran are sending parts of their fleet
The second, practical stage of the FRUKUS-2012 joint naval exercise starts on June 27. In Wednesday morning, participating ships – American guided missile cruiser USS Normandy, British destroyer HMS York, French frigate De Grasse, and Russian frigate Yaroslav Mudry – will take the sea and lay a course for Baltic Fleet (BF) test ranges....
Originally posted by leosnake
reply to post by johncarter
Russian Vice Premier Minister Rogozin said that there is no need for modernization of the bombers as they represent a very easy target for air defense, and therefore useless.
These flights are purely propaganda value