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  • US Air Force jets intercept 2 Russian bombers off Alaska coast

    05/12/2018 2:04:00 AM PDT · by BeadCounter · 47 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 12, 2018 | Lucas Tomlinson
    A pair of U.S. Air Force stealth fighter jets intercepted two Russian nuclear-capable bombers Friday morning off the coast of Alaska, a spokesman for NORAD (North American Aeorospace Defense Command) told Fox News. The approach by the two Tupolev Tu-95 Russian "Bear" aircraft marked the first time in just over a year that Russian bombers had flown that close to U.S. territory. The Russian bombers came within 55 miles of Alaska's west coast, north of the Aleutian Islands, but remained in international airspace, the spokesman, Canadian Army Maj. Andrew Hennessy said.
  • Russian warplanes buzz USS Ronald Reagan

    10/29/2015 9:04:58 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 33 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 29, 2015 | Fox News
    Two Russian warplanes flew within one mile of the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier, forcing the U.S. Navy to launch four fighter jets in response Tuesday, a Navy spokesman told Fox News. The USS Reagan was sailing in international waters east of the Korean peninsula, Stars and Stripes reports. It adds that the U.S. is currently engaged in joint military exercises with South Korea.
  • Russian Bombers Flew Within 40 Miles of N. California Coast

    07/22/2015 5:53:49 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 38 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 07/22/15 | Bill Gertz
    Tu-95 Bear bombers intercepted off Mendocino on day Putin calls Obama Two Russian nuclear bombers flew within 40 miles of the California coast and one of the pilots relayed a veiled threat during the Fourth of July aerial incident, defense officials said. “Good morning American pilots, we are here to greet you on your Fourth of July Independence Day,” a Russian Tu-95 Bear bomber crew member stated over the emergency aircraft channel. Defense officials and the Colorado-based U.S. Northern Command said this week that two U.S. F-15 jets intercepted the Russian bombers on July 4 as they flew as close...
  • Two pilots killed as Tu-95MS bomber crashes after all 4 engines fail

    07/14/2015 10:30:45 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 52 replies
    siberian times ^ | 14 july 2015 | The Siberian Times reporte
    Two pilots killed as Tu-95MS bomber crashes after all 4 engines fail Five crew safely parachuted from stricken jet in latest of spate of accidents afflicting military aircraft. The accident was the sixth involving Russian military aircraft this summer, reported news agencies. The ministry said the crash was probably caused by a malfunction, although other causes were not ruled out, reported Sputnik News Agency.
  • Russian Bombers Threaten Guam

    11/20/2014 11:24:23 AM PST · by McGruff · 31 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | November 19, 2014 | Bill Gertz
    Two Russian strategic bombers circled the U.S. island of Guam last week in what U.S. defense officials say is the latest in a series of nuclear provocations by Moscow. The bombers were identified by air defenses as Tu-95 Bear H nuclear-capable aircraft that circumnavigated the strategic U.S. military outpost on Friday—amid heightened tensions with Moscow regarding a new buildup of Russian forces in and along the border of eastern Ukraine. “U.S. Pacific Command can confirm that two aircraft circumnavigated Guam on November 13th,” said spokesman Maj. Christian Devine. “The aircraft were flying safely in international airspace and in accordance with...
  • Highway to the danger zone: Russian bombers buzz coast of California, Alaska

    06/12/2014 7:24:30 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Thursday, June 12, 2014 | Bill Gertz — The Washington Free Beacon
    Four Russian strategic bombers triggered U.S. air defense systems while conducting practice bombing runs near Alaska this week, with two of the Tu-95 Bear H aircraft coming within 50 miles of the California coast, the North American Aerospace Defense Command confirmed Wednesday. [....] Rep. K. Michael Conaway, Texas Republican and a member of the House Armed Services Committee, called the Russian flights “intentional provocations.”
  • Japan Scrambles Fighter Jets to Track Russian Bombers

    07/15/2013 7:25:02 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 10 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 07/16/2013 | RIA Novosti
    TOKYO, July 16 (RIA Novosti) - Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force had to scramble fighter jets in response to flights by Russian military aircraft near Japanese airspace and over the disputed Kuril Islands on Monday, local media reported. Two Tu-95 Bear bombers flew over the Sea of Japan moving from the Korean Peninsula, and proceeded along the Japanese archipelago to the north of Hokkaido. Another plane, the IL-20, flew over the Kuril Islands, NHK television said late Monday citing the Defense Ministry. According to Japanese officials, the Russian aircraft had not violated the country’s airspace. The Russian Defense Ministry later said...
  • Air Force confirms Russian jets circled US territory of Guam

    02/16/2013 12:07:17 PM PST · by topher · 33 replies ^ | 2-16-2013 | [author]
    <p>The Air Force confirms that two Russian bombers on Tuesday circled the U.S. island territory of Guam, prompting U.S. jets to scramble and respond.</p> <p>Two U.S. Air Force F-15 fighter aircraft, operating out of Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, intercepted the Russian Tu-95 bomber aircrafts, which left in a northbound direction, said military spokeswoman Capt. Kim Bender.</p>
  • Report: Russian Nuclear-Capable Bombers Intercepted Near West Coast for Second Time in 2 Weeks

    07/07/2012 11:19:08 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 20 replies
    The Blaze ^ | July 7, 2012 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    A pair of Russian strategic nuclear bombers were intercepted near the Pacific coast Wednesday, the Washington Free Beacon reported — the second such incident in two weeks. According to the Free Beacon, the two long range bombers entered the U.S. air defense zone and came close to the U.S. coast, but did not enter sovereign airspace. The bombers were “were visually identified by NORAD fighters,” Pentagon spokesman Capt. John Kirby said. The first incident in late June involved two Tu-95 Bear H bombers near Alaska conducting war games, which included simulated attacks on “enemy” air defenses and strategic facilities, a...
  • 6 Squadron Typhoons Shadow Russian Bears

    10/26/2011 4:19:36 PM PDT · by NYFreeper · 10 replies
    Royal Air Force ^ | 25 October 2011 | Keith Wardlaw
    On 11 October Typhoon aircraft of Number 6 Squadron maintaining the Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) mission at RAF Leuchars were launched to intercept two aircraft in the NATO Air Policing Area that could not be identified by any other means i.e. the aircraft is not talking to civilian or military Air Traffic Control, has not filed a flight plan and is not transmitting a recognisable secondary surveillance radar code.
  • Fighter jets intercept Russian bombers after flying into Dutch airspace

    06/07/2011 10:07:14 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 17 replies
    BNO News ^ | June 8, 2011
    THE HAGUE (BNO NEWS) -- Dutch, British and Danish fighter jets on Tuesday morning intercepted two Russian bombers which had crossed into Dutch airspace, the Dutch Ministry of Defense said. It is the third such incident this year. A statement from the Dutch Defense ministry said two F-16 aircraft took off from Volkel Air Base on Tuesday to intercept two Russian Tupolev Tu-95 aircraft, which are large, four-engine strategic bombers and missile platforms. They are also known as Bears, its NATO reporting name. "The Russians flew into the Dutch area of responsibility without making their identity known," the Dutch ministry...
  • RAF Leuchars Tornados scrambled to 'repel' Russian aircraft

    02/09/2011 9:35:24 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 18 replies
    The Courier ^ | 2/9/2011 | The Courier
    Many residents of Tayside and Fife reported hearing the jets roaring away from the threatened front-line base shortly after 5am on Tuesday. The unknown planes were soon identified as Russian military aircraft. When contacted by The Courier, a spokeswoman at the Ministry of Defence (MoD) stressed the Russian aircraft had not encroached into UK airspace. "Aircraft were launched to identify two unknown aircraft that were flying in international airspace over the North Sea," she said. "They were identified as Russian military aircraft." The latest incident comes just two weeks after a pair of Russian Bear bombers were intercepted close to...
  • DefenseRussia lifts ban on Tu-95 bomber flights

    01/17/2011 9:15:25 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 16 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 1/12/2011 | RIA Novosti
    The Russian Air Force has lifted a ban on the flights of Tu-95 Bear strategic bombers imposed after an An-22 Cock transport plane was destroyed in a crash last December. The plane crashed in the Tula Region on December 28, killing all 12 crew members. The Air Force decided to ground all Tu-95s and An-22s because both aircraft types share the Kuznetsov NK-12 turboprop, whose failure was suspected as the main cause of the crash. The An-22 remains the largest turboprop-powered aircraft in the world. Around 45 remain in service with the Russian Air Force and most are over 40...
  • Japan Resists The Growing Russian Intrusion

    11/14/2010 10:52:52 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 1+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 11/13/2010 | The Strategy Page
    Russian aircraft are approaching, and entering, Japanese air space more frequently. Such intrusions are up 80 percent this year. So far this year, Japanese fighters have scrambled 186 times to deal with these alerts. That's a 30 percent increase from last year. In contrast, fighters were dispatched only 24 times to deal with Chinese aircraft and four times for Taiwanese aircraft. Nearly all of these intrusions were by maritime reconnaissance or electronic eavesdropping aircraft. These intrusions have been increasing over the last three years. Early on, the Japanese launched many aircraft for each intrusion. For example, in 2008, a Russian...
  • Dutch F-16s intercept Russian bombers over Netherlands

    11/04/2010 7:53:18 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 32 replies · 1+ views
    Dutch Daily News ^ | 11/05/2010 | Dutch Daily News
    Two F16’s from the Dutch Royal Air Force have intercepted two Russian bombers over the North Sea on Tuesday, according to a spokesperson for the Air Force. The two Russian aircraft type TU-95 MS (Bear) were for some time monitored by the Dutch aircraft and eventually flew away. It is the second time in more than one month that Russian long range bombers are flying in European airspace. On the night of 15th September, British, Danish and German aircraft came in action because of two Russian aircraft. Tuesday first Danish and British aircraft came in action before the Dutch fighter...
  • RAF jets scrambled twice in one week to intercept Russian nuclear bombers

    10/27/2010 9:33:42 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 10/28/2010 | The Daily Mailer
    RAF fighter jets have been scrambled to intercept Russian nuclear bombers near British airspace twice in the last week, it emerged today. The alarm was raised after the huge Tupolev Tu95 'Bears' were spotted on Monday and Tuesday, flying in a Nato-policed zone close to the UK. Tornados from RAF Leuchars in Fife were despatched to identify and escort the bombers back to international air space. The incident is the the latest in a long line of cat-and-mouse engagements between RAF fighters and Russian aircraft, as the Kremlin seeks to test Western response times. Earlier this year, it emerged that...
  • Russian Strategic Bombers Test-fire Cruise Missiles

    07/19/2010 10:36:08 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies
    Xinhua ^ | 7/18/2010 | Xinhua
    A Defense Ministry spokesman said Saturday that two Tu-95 MS long-range strategic bombers successfully test-fired cruise missiles during a 12-hour flight. During the tactical exercise on Friday, the missiles "accurately hit all the targets at the Pemboi testing site in the (Russian) republic of Komi," said Vladimir Drik as quoted by the Interfax news agency. A MiG-31 interceptor jet and a Beriev A-50 Shmel airborne early warning aircraft also participated in the exercise, he said. The two bombers landed at the Ukrainka airfield in Russia's fareastern Amur region. The Tu-95 strategic bomber, which made its debut in 1952, is a...
  • Spectacular USAF Photos of the Day: Access Denied!

    05/17/2010 5:50:19 PM PDT · by EnjoyingLife · 51 replies · 4,915+ views
    United States Air Force ^ | November 22, 2007 | United States Air Force
    Intercept/Escort Photo 1 -- U.S Air Force (USAF) F-22A Raptor stealth fighter jet behind a Russian Tu-95MS "Bear" strategic heavy bomber near Alaskan NORAD Region airspace, 22 November 2007: 1260 x 945 pixels + 2000 x 1500 pixels + 3072 x 2304 pixels via (photo 10) Intercept/Escort Photo 2 -- USAF F-22A Raptor side by side with a Russian Tu-95MS "Bear" bomber near Alaskan NORAD Region airspace, 22 November 2007: 1260 x 945 pixels + 2000 x 1500 pixels + 3072 x 2304 pixels via (photo 11) Intercept/Escort Photo 3 -- USAF F-22A Raptor flies above a...
  • Russian bombers conduct another Pacific patrol mission

    04/09/2010 10:46:42 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies · 531+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 4/10/2010 | RIA Novosti
    Two Russian Tu-95MS Bear strategic bombers have carried out a routine patrol flight over the Pacific Ocean, the Defense Ministry said on Friday. "Two Tu-95MS strategic bombers took off from Ukrainka Airbase on April 8 and carried out patrols over neutral waters in the Pacific Ocean and near the Aleutian Islands," Lt. Col. Vladimir Drik said. During the 15-hour mission, the crews practiced instrumental guidance flights and in-flight refueling. All flights by Russian aircraft are performed in strict compliance with international law on the use of airspace over neutral waters, without intruding in the airspace of other states. However, the...
  • Anger over Taiwan's failure to intercept Russian plane

    03/23/2010 8:18:49 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 18 replies · 703+ views
    Channel News ^ | 3/23/2010 | Channel News
    Taiwan said Tuesday a Russian bomber entered its airspace in January, amid anger that its air force did not intercept the plane, which could have dropped tonnes of explosives on the island. Taiwanese radars detected the aircraft, a Tupolev TU-95 long-range strategic bomber, 285 kilometres off the island's northeast coast early in the afternoon of January 28, the air force said. "It briefly entered our airspace," air force major general Wang Hsuan-chou told reporters. "Our judgment was that since the unidentified aircraft was harmless, we handled the incident according to the standard operation procedure. We demanded the aircraft leave immediately."...