Originally posted by StratosFear
reply to post by Nuke2013
Once i believe there was a switch up were russians flew CF-18`s and some american F-16`s and we got to fly their Mig-29s. They had it in a documentary years ago, now im wanting to see it again. Pilots are pilots no matter where they come from, let the politicians fight it out with each other.
Originally posted by Nuke2013
The Russians like to test the responce time, they test the Canadians all the time, we send out F-18's from Cold Lake Alberta to intercept and "play" tag with them at least 20 times a year. Nothing new, just a constent game of "lets see how much time it takes for them to reach us" ....
Originally posted by AgentX09
As the Chinese and N.Koreans have been throwing their weight around I hope the Japanese revamp their constitution to mirror today's realities in the region.Their navy and air force should be strengthened wouldn't be a bad idea.
Originally posted by Parksie
reply to post by Rodinus
Russia has done this before to the UK airspace and jets scrambled, rumors are they were testing our response time.
ETA: They used blackjack bomber planes, and they did it 20 times.
edit on 7-2-2013 by Parksie because: (no reason given)
NATO Integrated Air Defence System (NATINADS) is busy working to keep our skies safe. A recent sortie by two Russian Tupolev TU-160 ‘Blackjack’ bombers illustrates the need for constant vigilance. Flying from mainland Russia they were detected as they swept over the northern tip of Norway in international air space and intercepted by NATO’s most northern NATINADS fighters, Norwegian F16s from NAAF Bodo. Subsequently, they were continuously tracked towards the UK and intercepted by two Tornado F3s fighters, part of the UK component of NATINADS, from RAF Leuchars in Scotland. Wing Commander Mark Gorringe, Officer Commanding 111 Sqn, RAF Leuchars, said: ‘This is not an unusual incident and people may be surprised to know that our crews have successfully scrambled to intercept Russian aircraft on more than 10 occasions since the start of 2009.’ Some Russian missions fly far out into the Atlantic and whilst others journey south towards the coastline of north west Europe, turning short of penetrating sovereign airspace. These incidents concern NATO airmen as the Russian military flights are often not coordinated with civil Air Traffic Control (ATC) and therefore, can pose a real threat to flight safety in what are some of the busiest air-routes in the world. Although NATINADS is not responsible for flight safety across Europe, it contributes by assisting civil ATC by identifying and tracking such incidents.
At some points during the patrolling flight, the long-range aviation planes were escorted by a pair of Norwegian Air Force F-16 fighter planes,” Drik said. “All flights of the Air Force planes were and are made in strict compliance with the international rules of the use of airspace over neural waters without violating the borders of other states,” he said.
47. The UK press have featured stories that imply that Russia's air tactics are a threat to UK security. We sought information from the MoD to clarify the scale and nature of the issue of military incursions into NATO and UK airspace. We were told that during 2007-2009 no Russian aircraft have entered UK airspace—defined as 12 nautical miles from the UK coastline—without authorisation. However, Russian military aircraft have entered the UK Flight Information Region—outside UK territorial airspace—without permission. This is part of international airspace and, as such, Russia is able to exercise its defence capabilities there.
Question Asked by Lord Jopling To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Taylor of Bolton on 24 January 2008 (WA 58), on how many occasions in each of the last three years Royal Air Force aircraft have been launched to monitor Russian aircraft approaching UK airspace.[HL1663] The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Astor of Hever): The number of days on which Royal Air Force Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) aircraft have launched to identify Russian military aviation that approached or entered the NATO air policing area for which the UK has responsibility in each of the past three years is contained in the table below. The Russian aircraft remained in international airspace at all times. Number of days QRA launched in response to Russian military aviation 2009 - 11 2010 - 11 2011 - 10 2012 to July - 6
Angus Robertson (Moray, Scottish National Party) To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions Royal Air Force aircraft have been launched to monitor Russian aircraft approaching UK airspace in each of the last three years; and where each such flight was (a) directed and (b) scrambled from. Andrew Robathan (South Leicestershire, Conservative) Royal Air Force quick reaction alert (QRA) aircraft are based at RAF Leuchars and RAF Coningsby. The number of days on which QRA aircraft have launched in response to Russian military aviation that approached or entered the NATO air policing area for which the UK has responsibility in the each of the last three years is contained in the following table. The Russian aircraft remained in international airspace at all times. Not every launch resulted in an interception as some incidents were resolved prior to interception. Number of days QRA launched in response to Russian military aviation 2010 11 2011 10 2012 8 I am withholding where each such flight was directed and scrambled from as deterrence is a principal function of QRA and QRA is in turn an integral part of the air defence of the UK. The disclosure of information that might compromise the QRA deterrent capability would, or would be likely to, prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the armed forces
Eventually, the Russians left UK airspace and, after four hours, the Tornado crews stood down and returned to Leuchars.