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    'We Will Defend Our Airspace': Harper Warns Russia
    Two Russian bombers were intercepted near Arctic
    February 27, 2009

    Canada will not tolerate Russian intrusions into Canadian airspace, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Friday after it was disclosed that two Russian bombers were intercepted just outside the Canadian Arctic shortly before U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Ottawa this month.

    "I have expressed at various times the deep concern our government has with increasingly aggressive Russian actions around the globe and Russian intrusions into our airspace," the prime minister said at a news conference in Saskatoon.

    "This government has responded every time the Russians have done that. We will continue to respond; we will defend our airspace."

    Earlier Friday, Defence Minister Peter MacKay disclosed that two CF-18 fighter jets met at least one Russian bomber within 24 hours of the U.S. president's trip to Ottawa on Feb. 19 just outside of Canada's Arctic airspace.

    The incident set off a round of bitter sniping between Moscow and Ottawa that was a throwback to the Cold War era.

    Initially there was confusion over the number of Russian planes involved — it turned out to be two, not one — while Russian sources mocked Canada's assertion that they were given no notice of the flights.

    With Obama poised to leave U.S. soil for the first time as president on Feb. 19, the joint Canada-U.S. aerospace command, Norad, picked up the approaching aircraft.

    Canadian jets were scrambled and sent "very clear signals" to the Russian aircraft to "turn tail and head back to its own airspace," which were followed without incident, MacKay said.

    Later Friday, Canadian defence and Norad officials confirmed a second Russian plane was involved in the incident, and identified the two aircraft as Tupolev Tu-95 propeller driven bombers, a type of aircraft known as the "Bear."

    Vladimir Drik, an aide to the Russian chief of staff, speaking to RIA Novosti news agency confirmed the Feb. 18 flight, but indicated a different model of Tupolev carried out the mission.

    "The Tupolev-160 fulfilled all its air patrol tasks. It was a planned flight."

    He said the crew acted solely within the limits of international air agreements and did not violate Canadian airspace.

    At the time, Canada was preparing to host the rookie president on his first international trip after weeks of preparation that included tight security.

    Indeed, the airspace over Canada's capital was temporarily closed to all planes but Obama's own Air Force One, which arrived and then departed after the seven-hour visit.

    "It's not a game," said MacKay.

    "I've personally asked both the Russian ambassador and my counterpart that we are given a heads-up when this type of air traffic is to occur. And to date we have not received that kind of notice that would be preferable."

    The Russian Embassy in Ottawa had no comment Friday.

    MacKay said Obama's impending arrival in Ottawa was well known to everyone.

    A Russian military source reportedly scoffed at Canada's claims.

    "So the statements from Canada's defence ministry are perplexing to say the least and cannot be called anything other than a farce," Russia's Interfax news agency quoted an unnamed source as saying, according to Reuters.

    In Ottawa, MacKay raised questions about the timing of Russian flight.

    "I'm not going to stand here and accuse the Russians of having deliberately done this during the presidential visit, but it was a strong coincidence, which we met with a presence, as we always do, of F-18 fighter planes."

    In Saskatoon, Harper said Canada would continue to fulfil its obligations to defend North America's continental airspace.

    "We will respond every time the Russians make any kind of intrusion on the sovereignty of Canada's Arctic," he said. "That's our obligation and that's what we'll do."

    The incident was disclosed Friday morning at a joint news conference on Parliament Hill with MacKay, Gen. Walt Natynczyk, the chief of the defence staff, and U.S. Gen. Gene Renuart, the commander of Norad.

    Natynczyk said the incursions started about one and a half to two years ago "when we had not seen anything for decades."

    He declined to say how often they occur or where exactly this particular incident took place.

    "It's sporadic. That's the best way I can describe it," he said.

    He lauded the professionalism of the Canadian pilots. "The last incursion again was textbook," he said. "We have very professional people."

    Renuart said pilots typically rely on internationally recognized visual signals and international flight guidelines.

    "We do broadcast on a common frequency that you're approaching Canadian or U.S. airspace and you must turn to avoid entering that airspace. But there are also visual signals, from as simple as wagging wings to making turns to kind of lead that aircraft off in another direction," Renuart said.

    "While we do not speak the common language, they are trained in those common signals just as we are, and to date those have been effective in deviating or deterring those aircraft from entering into either Canadian or U.S. airspace."

    In 2007, Russia planted its flag on the seabed below the North Pole and resumed flights of strategic bomber jets over the Arctic Ocean, a practice that stopped after the fall of the Soviet Union.

    The Harper Conservatives have since unveiled an Arctic strategy to assert Canadian sovereignty, and spur economic and social development in the Far North.

    Relations between Russia and the West have been strained since last August when Russian forces marched into Georgia following the Georgian army's occupation of the breakaway province of South Ossetia.

    Weeks after that, MacKay travelled to Iqaluit to reinforce his Conservative government's new Arctic sovereignty policy, where he put Russia on notice that Canada intended to be vigilant about foreign incursions in the region.

    Norad is the jewel of Canada-U.S. military relations, and it celebrated its first half-century last year.

    Norad was conceived in the Cold War to serve as an early-warning system against a nuclear missile attack from the then Soviet Union.

    Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, and following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, it remains a major tool in the defence of North America.

    A Canadian officer permanently holds the No. 2 position at Norad headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo.

    On the morning of 9/11, it was a Canadian general who was on duty and who ordered the closure of North American airspace, and who dispatched Canadian and U.S. warplanes into the continent's skies moments after New York and Washington were attacked by hijacked commercial airliners.

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    Russian Bombers Continue Routine Patrols Over Atlantic, Arctic
    MOSCOW, May 7 (RIA Novosti) - A pair of Russian Tu-95 Bear strategic bombers have carried out a routine patrol flight over the North Atlantic and the Arctic, an Air Force spokesman said on Thursday.

    "The crews practiced instrumental flight maneuvers and conducted a series of other drills," Lt. Col. Vladimir Drik told RIA Novosti.

    During a 15-hour mission, the bombers conducted in-flight refueling from Il-78 Midas aerial tankers. The Russian planes were shadowed by NATO F-16 and Tornado fighters.

    Russia resumed strategic bomber patrol flights over the Pacific, Atlantic, and Arctic oceans in August 2007, following an order signed by then President Vladimir Putin.

    All flights by Russian aircraft are performed in strict compliance with international law on the use of airspace over neutral waters, without violating the borders of other states, Drik said.

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    Russia Could Double Number Of Bombers On Strategic Patrols – General
    12/22/2009

    The number of strategic bombers performing routine patrols could be doubled if the Russian General Staff makes such a decision, the commander of Russia's strategic aviation said Tuesday.

    Russia resumed strategic bomber patrol flights over the Pacific, Atlantic, and Arctic oceans, the Black Sea and along the borders of the Commonwealth of Independent States in August 2007, following an order from then-president Vladimir Putin.

    "As a rule, up to four strategic bombers perform patrol flights simultaneously. However, under specific circumstances and on orders from the General Staff, their number could be increased to up to eight aircraft," Maj. Gen. Anatoly Zhikharev said at a news conference in Moscow.

    According to the general, the bombers can continuously patrol the skies for up to 22 hours with in-flight refueling provided by Il-78 Midas aerial tankers.

    "Our planes also carry out missions to detect and pinpoint the location of foreign aircraft carriers, as well as to supply missions to support the activities of [Russian] polar stations in line with the concept of the development of our Arctic zone," Zhikarev said.

    All flights by Russian aircraft are performed in strict compliance with international law on the use of airspace over neutral waters, without intruding the airspace of other states, the general reiterated.

    According to various sources, in addition to 16 Tu-160 bombers, the Russian Air Force currently has 40 Tu-95MS bombers and 141 Tu-22M3 bombers in service.

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    4 NATO Jets Trail 2 Russian Bombers Over Arctic, Atlantic
    3/12/2010

    Two Russian Tu-160 Blackjack strategic bombers that carried out a routine patrol mission over the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans were shadowed by four NATO fighters, the Defense Ministry said on Friday.

    Spokesman Lt. Col. Vladimir Drik said the bombers spent about 11 hours in the air on Thursday and were "accompanied" by two NATO F-16 Fighting Falcons of the Norwegian Air Force and two RAF Tornados.

    This is thought to be the first time Russian strategic bombers have been followed by such a large number of NATO jets.

    A similar patrol mission on September 29, 2009, was shadowed by an F-22 Raptor, reportedly the first time the world's only fifth-generation fighter aircraft, which uses stealth technology, was sent out to keep an eye on Russian planes.

    Russian strategic bombers resumed patrol flights over the Pacific, Atlantic, and Arctic oceans in August 2007, following an order from then-President Vladimir Putin, and are usually shadowed by less sophisticated NATO aircraft.

    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, the ministry said.

    Russia has yet to develop a fifth-generation fighter and has just started testing a prototype, known as the T-50, which is not expected to enter service until 2015. A second U.S. fifth-generation fighter, the F-35 Lightning II, is due to enter service with the U.S. Marine Corps in 2012.

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    Russian Bombers 'Intercepted In British Airspace'
    March 25, 2010

    Rare photos of Russian strategic bomber jets purportedly intercepted in British airspace show Moscow's war machine is becoming increasingly bold, analysts said Thursday as Russia denied any territorial violations.

    Britain's Ministry of Defence released images it said were taken earlier this month of two Russian Tu-160 bombers -- known as Blackjacks by NATO forces -- as they entered UK airspace near the Outer Hebrides islands off Scotland's northwest coast.

    It said the March 10 incident, which resulted in crystal clear images of the planes against clear blue skies and a dramatic sunset, was one of many intercepts carried out by British Royal Air Force crews in just over 12 months.

    "This is not an unusual incident, and many people may be surprised to know that our crews have successfully scrambled to intercept Russian aircraft on more than 20 occasions since the start of 2009," Wing Cdr. Mark Gorringe, of the RAF's 111 Squadron, said in a statement.

    The RAF said two of its Tornado fighter jets from its base at Leuchars, on Scotland's east coast, were dispatched to tail the Russian Blackjacks as they approached the western Isle of Lewis.

    "The Tornados shadowed the Russians as they flew south, then the Blackjacks turned north, just short of the Northern Ireland coast, and eventually left UK airspace," the statement said.

    "After four hours, the Tornado crews stood down and returned to Leuchars."

    Several of the images show the name Vasily Reshetnikov in Russian lettering near the cockpit of one plane. Reshetnikov was a celebrated Soviet pilot who fought on the Eastern Front in World War II.

    Russian military authorities on Thursday confirmed their aircraft had been in the area, but denied any violation of British airspace.

    "Our planes fly in strict accordance with the international rules government the use of airspace over neutral waters without violating the borders of foreign countries," Defense Ministry spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Vladimir Drik told CNN.

    "The routine flights by the Tu-160 missile carriers took place in accordance with those conditions on March 10. They did not violate British airspace, and objective control materials confirm that."

    Experts say regardless of the exact flight paths, the increased sorties by Russian aircrafts in international airspace show Moscow is flexing its muscles as it re-emerges as a global military player.

    "Russia is now an oil exporting state so they've got more money to spend on their armed forces after the 1990s when they were bankrupt," defense analyst Tim Ripley told CNN.

    Ripley said the increase in air activity began shortly before Russia's brief 2008 territorial skirmish with Georgia, but while it was a clear show of strength, it did not represent sinister intent.

    While ties between Russia and the UK have been strained in recent years, Ripley said talks with Washington that look set to result in a new arms control deal were a clearer indication of Moscow's global military outlook.

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    Testing, testing... testing the airspace and response times....

    The Cold War, my friends has returned with a great big difference. We have an administration that WELCOMES friendship with the Russians, Muslims and people like Hugo Chavez....

    Beware.

    I usually find it so stupid to make predictions or point out conspiracy things.

    But we are IN TROUBLE.

    America is on the edge of violence because of Congress ignoring the wishes of the vast majority of Americans. We are welcoming illegal aliens into the country.

    We've decided that we're going to ignore Iran's production of nuclear material and ultimately the nuclear bomb.

    We're sitting by (our military isn't sitting by, I assure you) and watching while Russia and China build up their forces, form alliances and prepare for some future conflict which most people in this country are denying in their minds. Denial is RAMPANT in this country.

    We've stood up to Israel... instead of Iran.

    And the Russian Bear is BACK, overflying Canada, Britain.... and you know they are probably overflying the US as well over Alaska again. It's just not been reported yet.
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    Anger Over Taiwan's Failure To Intercept Russian Plane
    23 March 2010

    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."

    The aircraft turned away and flew in the direction of Okinawa, a Japanese island northeast of Taiwan, he said.

    He declined to say why the air force considered the Russian plane, capable of loading 15 tonnes of bombs, harmless.

    The air force reaction immediately fuelled criticism from legislators wondering why it had failed to send fighters to intercept the Russian intruder.

    Maintaining a high level of alert is one of the Taiwan military's top responsibilities, as the island is only a few minutes' flying time away from old arch rival China.

    China considers Taiwan part of its territory, and despite a recent thaw in relations, it has not given up the use of force to bring about reunification with the island.

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    Again... TESTING. and the response? It SUCKED>

    Ok... why is Russia overflying TAIWAN!!!!!!!!!
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    Report: Russian bombers found in Scotland
    March. 25, 2010

    The Ministry of Defense said two Russian Blackjack bombers were found in the skies above Scotland and were escorted out of British airspace.

    The ministry confirmed the March 10 incident involved a pair of Royal Air Force Tornado F3 fighter jets, which were used to shadow the Russian bombers until they departed British airspace, The Times of London said Thursday.

    Wing Commander Mark Gorringe applauded the response capabilities of the military in regards to the incident.

    "Our pilots, navigators and indeed all the support personnel at RAF Leuchars work very hard to deliver the UK Quick Reaction Alert Force 24 hours a day, to defend the U.K. from unidentified aircraft entering our airspace, or aircraft in distress," the 111 Squadron commander said.

    The Scotsman said Gorringe also downplayed the bomber incident, despite the fact the Russian aircraft are capable of carrying nuclear weapons.

    "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 20 occasions since the start of 2009," Gorringe said.

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    Russia Conducts Strategic Bombers Efficiency Drill
    Mar 20, 2010

    Russia has carried out a series of efficiency drills for Tu-95MS Bear strategic bombers, an Air Force spokesman has said.

    Lt. Col. Vladimir Drik said the flights were conducted in poor weather conditions over the Arctic from air bases in Engels in the Volga region and Ryazan located in central Russia.

    "During three-day exercises, Tu-95MS Bear strategic bombers and Il-78 aerial tankers practiced various types of flight drills, including in-flight refueling," Ria Novosti quoted him as saying.

    Russia resumed strategic bomber patrol flights over the Pacific, Atlantic and Arctic oceans in August 2007, following an order from then-President Vladimir Putin, the agency report said.

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    Older article. But something to be aware about...

    http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/wo...mber-intro.htm
    Soviet and Russian Bombers

    On 17 August 2007, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia had permanently resumed long-distance patrol flights of strategic bombers, which were suspended in 1992 after the collapse of the Soviet Union. "I made a decision to restore flights of Russian strategic bombers on a permanent basis, and at 00:00 today, August 17, 14 strategic bombers, support aircraft and aerial tankers were deployed. Combat duty has begun, involving 20 aircraft. ... Air patrol areas will include zones of commercial shipping and economic activity. As of today, combat patrolling will be on a permanent basis. It has a strategic character," Putin said. The president said that although the country stopped strategic flights to remote regions in 1992, "Unfortunately, not everyone followed our example." Other states' long-distance strategic patrol flights have created certain problems for national security, he said. "We act on the assumption that our partners will treat with understanding the resumption of strategic air flights. Our pilots have been grounded for too long. There is strategic aviation, but there are no flights," Putin said.


    Bomber are distinguished by their mission, which is to deliver relatively heavy ordnance, often in large quantities, on military targets, usually at long range. Bombers may be classified according to mission requirements which leads to a general size category of light, medium, and heavy bombers, and an engagement category of tactical or strategic bomber.
    Heavy strategic bombers are traditionally expected to carry heavy payloads over long distances for accurate delivery in a hostile environment.


    Russia was active in the development of large aircraft prior to the Great October Revolution of 1917. Igor Sikorsky's huge machine made its first flight from the airfield at St. Petersburg on 13 May 1913. The Grand was the first four-engine airplane (I00 hp each) and the first airplane to have an enclosed cabin. The Grand weighed 7,000 pounds, had a wing span of 92 feet, and had 16 wheels to spread its weight over dirt fields. The cabin had four seats, a sofa, a table, a washroom, and a wardrobe for clothes. The Grand flew beautifully, and from it was developed the llya Mourometz four-engine bomber/reconnaissance in 1914, 80 of which were built and served the Czar°s air force in World War I. The Ilya Mourometz weighed 10,560 pounds, mounted 8 machine guns and 1 cannon, and had an extremely effective bombing system. The only one that was lost in combat accounted for three German aircraft before succumbing. Sikorsky fled to the United States following the revolution and became quite famous as a helicopter designer.


    The Russian attraction for giant aircraft continued after Sikorsky had departed. The work was continued under the guidance of A. N. Tupolev. The ANT-4 (TB-1), built in 1925, was a twin-engine heavy bomber with a low cantilever wing, clearly derived from Junkers, that could carry a maximum payload of 3.5 tons or 1 ton of bombs for a range of 850 miles.


    The TB-1 set the pattern for large Soviet heavy bombers through the 1930's. The ANT-6 (TB-3) was a heavy four-engine bomber that entered service in 1932, several years before the American B-17. The TB-3 weighed about 40,000 pounds and could carry a maximum of 5 tons of bombs. The ANT-16 (TB-4), designed to carry about a 10-ton bombload (twice that of the TB-3), had six engines -- four mounted on the wing leading-edge and two mounted in tandem above the fuselage. Serious vibration problems of the aft body and tail brought the program to a halt by September 1933. By 1936, the decision was made to terminate further work on super-heavy aircraft.

    Much of the bomber development during 1945-54 was done by the Tupolev OKB, proceeding from the Bull (Tu-4 B-29 copy} to the Badger and Bear.


    Tupolev began post-WW II large aircraft development by copying the US B-29, three of which were forced down in the Soviet far east in 1944. The resultant copy, Tu-4, appeared at the Tushino Air Show in 1947. A civilian version was also built but not produced. A considerably larger bomber version, the Barge, also evolved. Then, proceeding from straight-wing piston-engine designs, Tupolev developed the twin-jet swept-wing Badger bomber and the large turboprop swept-wing Bear bomber. The Badger also evolved into the world's first swept-wing jet civil transport, the Tu-104, while the Bear evolved into the Tu-114 civil transport and the Tu-126 AWACS.


    An element of competition was introduced through Myasishchev, with a large straight-wing propellerdriven project M-13, an airplane that was not produced, and the Mya-4 Bison fourjet strategic bomber. In 1954 the USSR displayed a new long-range four-engine swept-wing jet bomber during May Day celebrations in Moscow. At first, Western experts believe the new bomber, comparable to the B-52, was an Iluyshin or Tupolev, but later identify it as the Myasishchev Mya-4 Bison. Subsequently, the Bison serves in small numbers as a strategic bomber, maritime reconnaissance craft, and aerial tanker.


    But on Soviet Aviation Day in July 1955, ten Bison jet-powered strategic bombers flew past the reviewing stand. These same aircraft flew past six times, creating the illusion that the Soviets possessed at least 60 such aircraft. This show, combined with the introduction of the smaller Badger jet-powered bomber the year before, resulted in the perception in the United States of a "bomber gap." The Soviet tendency to unveil new weapons during public events, often to the surprise of Western observers, added to their shock value. Western analysts extrapolated from the illusionary 60 aircraft, judging that it would take only a short time for the Soviets to produce 600. Even with 600 planes, the Soviets could not match the United States plane for plane, but the mere perception that the Soviets had many planes that could reach over the northern polar cap to America was enough to reinforce the American arms buildup that was already underway.


    Shortly thereafter, the Soviets introduced another strategic bomber, the Bear. From the extent of service and the number produced, it was clear that Tupolev's turboprop Bear was favored over the turbojet Bison. Soviet Long-Range Aviation (LRA) squadrons began receiving Bear bombers in 1956 and 1957, and by the end of the decade, some 150 Bears and well over 1,000 Badgers were in service. Total production was approximately 300 Bears and 1,500 to 2,000 Badgers. The combined payload of the LRA Bear and Badger force probably totaled about 10,000 megatons.


    In 1957 the Soviets successfully placed the satellites Sputnik I and II into orbit around the Earth. This led to the mythical “Missile Gap,” which made the American public believe that the Soviets had achieved technical superiority over the US. Ever since the mid-to-late 1950s, when the Bear and Bison were entering the inventory and refueling techniques for the Badger and Blinder were being perfected, the Soviets saw a role for the manned bomber against the continental United States. But with the advent of intercontinental ballistic missiles, heavy bombers never figured as prominently in Soviet forces as they did for the United States. Long-range air power also became a vital element of Soviet antiship operations far from Soviet shores and of Soviet power projection into the Third World.



    Bomber developments from 1954 through 1989, with the advent of supersonic capability, was dominated by Tupolev with the Backfin (Fiddler) design, the Backfire, and the Blackjack. In about the same time period, Tupolev developed the twin-jet Backfin medium bomber which became the Tu-28 Fiddler longrange interceptor, and the more highly swept-wing Tu-22 Blinder Navy bomber. The Backfin, Fiddler, and the Blinder also marked a step into the supersonic flight regime.


    The Backfire A was first identified in the late 1960's has also gone through various structural and propulsion changes in the B and C variants in which, most likely, improved performance was attained. With the development of a Soviet "blue-water" navy and increasing Soviet emphasis on continental theaters, the requirements for bombers with sufficient range capabilities for long distance antiship and deep-theater strike missions substantially increased. By the end of the Cold War Soviet bomber and cruise missile force may have been over-taking the submarine force as a threat to the US Navy.


    Myasishchev did produce a four-jet delta-wing supersonic bomber design, the Bounder, that was revealed in the 1961 flyby. M-52 Bounder was the world's largest supersonic airplane when first seen in the 1961 fly-by, but was never produced. The four-jet strategic bomber then reappeared as Blackjack. Having gone into the supersonic realm with highly-swept fixed wings, with which some inherent stability problems may occur, Tupolev turned his attention to other supersonic designs utilizing the double-delta Tu-144 Charger and the variable geometry Backfire. Subsequently, the larger variable geometry bomber Blackjack was discovered by the West in November 1981.


    The introduction of the BLACKJACK intercontinental bomber in the late 1980s made the third leg of the Soviet strategic triad far more robust. The BLACKJACK bomber could perform various missions, including nuclear strike, conventional attack, antiship strike, and reconnaissance. AS-16 nuclear missiles carried in the rotary launchers aboard the BLACKJACK strategic bomber in the 1980s were a threat against theater and intercontinental targets. The BLACKJACK bomber entered the Soviet operational inventory in 1988. The AS-16 was a new short range, nuclear armed, air to surface missile.

    Historically, the Soviets made no organizational distinction between aircraft with primarily deep-theater strike missions and those with primarily intercontinental/antiship missions. Both types of bombers have existed in geographically organized bomber corps subordinate to the Long-Range Aviation (LRA) arm of Soviet Air Force headquarters.


    After almost 10 years of difficult negotiations, the United States and the Soviet Union signed the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) in Washington, DC, on 31 July 1991. The START treaty required the United States and the Soviet Union to substantially reduce the number of strategic ballistic missiles and heavy bombers and their attributed nuclear warheads. In START, nuclear heavy bombers were subject to more flexible counting rules than are ballistic missiles. Each heavy bomber equipped to carry only short-range n-missiles or gravity bombs counted as one warhead. US heavy bombers equipped to carry long-range nuclear air-launched cruise missiles (ALCMs) each count as 10 warheads, and Soviet heavy bombers equipped to carry long-range nuclear ALCMs each counted as eight warheads. On 05 December 2001, both the United States and the Russian Federation reported their accomplishments of the mandated reductions.


    On 03 January 1993, President George Bush and President Boris Yeltsin signed the START II agreement, which was never implemented. In START II, heavy bombers are counted using the number of nuclear weapons -- whether long-range nuclear ALCMS, short-range missiles or gravity bombs -- for which they are actually equipped. This number is specified in the Treaty Memorandum on Attribution and will be confirmed by a one-time exhibition and by routine START on-site inspections. Another new feature of this Treaty is the provision that up to 100 heavy bombers that have never been accountable under the START Treaty as long-range-nuclear-ALCM heavy bombers may be reoriented to a conventional role.


    On 24 May 2002, President Bush and Russia’s President Putin signed the Strategic Offensive Reductions Treaty (known as the Treaty of Moscow). This new treaty differed from past arms control treaties in that it does not include any of the details that had become common in previous treaties.
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    Russian Bombers Fly Near U.S. Aleutian Islands During Pacific Patrol
    3/24/2010

    Two Russian Tu-95MS Bear strategic bombers have carried out a 15-hour routine patrol mission over the Pacific, including near the U.S. Aleutian Islands, an Air Force spokesman said on Wednesday.

    "The Tu-95MS bombers left the Ukrainka air base [in the Amur region in Russia's Far East] on March 24 and successfully completed the air patrol mission," Lt. Col. Vladimir Drik said.

    "The flight took place in the region of the Aleutian Islands," he added.

    The strategic bombers practiced various types of flight drills, including in-flight refueling, he also said.

    Earlier this month, the commander of U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command Air Force Gen. Victor E. Renuart told the Senate Armed Services Committee that “We’ve had a couple instances in the past year where Russian planes flew too close to the Aleutian Islands.”

    However, he also said the planes were not a threat.

    Russian strategic bombers resumed patrol flights over the Pacific, Atlantic, and Arctic oceans in August 2007, following an order from then-President Vladimir Putin.

    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.

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    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.
    Not if they are overflying Canada, Taiwan and so forth. If they are twelve miles off the coast of the US they are in our waters. Shoot 'em down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Donaldson View Post
    If they are twelve miles off the coast of the US they are in our waters. Shoot 'em down.
    *inserts picture of Obama bowing to Chinese*

    Oh, sorry, thought you said bow down.

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    Russia flexes muscles in Western airspace

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    Apr 16, 2010

    Russia is increasingly flexing its military muscles by penetrating Western airspace. European defense officials have been worried about an increasing number of Russian bombers entering Western airspace.

    A pair of Tupolev Tu-160 Blackjack bombers -- the largest jet-powered combat aircraft ever built, capable of carrying nuclear missiles -- last month entered British airspace over Northern Scotland, Deutsche Welle reports.

    Two Tornado fighter jets from the British air force intercepted the supersonic bombers, accompanying them for four hours until they left British airspace.

    Similar incidents have occurred in recent years; London has said Russian planes have penetrated British airspace more than 20 times since the start of 2009.

    Stefan Meister, a Russia expert with the German Council on Foreign Relations, said that some penetrations might be accidental. He didn't rule out that there a Kremlin-authored strategy might be behind them.

    "The infiltration into the airspace is one of the ways the Russians try to prove that Russia is still a power that should be treated with the respect," Meister told United Press International in a telephone interview.

    A friend of military muscle-flexing, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in 2007 reactivated long-range patrols by nuclear-capable bombers after they hadn't been sent out over the world's oceans for 15 years.

    The move came as the Kremlin expanded its grasp into the Arctic, as one of its submarines planted a flag in the seabed in territory it considers its own at the North Pole in 2007.

    The Arctic is being transformed by climate change.

    Melting ice sheets will leave the oceans in the region possibly ice-free during the summer months. This is opening a new Atlantic-Pacific shipping channel and makes the vast oil and gas resources lying under the seabed more accessible.

    Patrol flights over Arctic waters have increased and Russia has given no sign that this will change - much the contrary.

    Putin this year announced he wants to beef up the Russian air force.

    The Kremlin in February unveiled its fifth-generation fighter jet and Putin wants his country's military industry to start working on a new strategic bomber.

    A launch of a new bomber program would be a giant project for the Russian aviation industry, which has been helped by numerous orders and major financial aid packages over the past years. Yet it's only one step of many that will see a major overhaul of the Russian air fleet.

    Moscow plans to commission 1,500 new planes and helicopters to modernize the air force by 80 percent, the government said.

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    I have read some stuff on some of the Left leaning sites and they are laughing about this sort of thing. The Russians, too, are laughing about it. They laugh at us, and they laugh at Europe who will be first in their sites.

    Taking us down will be easy enough... a couple of well placed bombs for EMP would be sufficient. Europe will fall like dead tree in a hurricane.
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    Russian Bombers Violating Foreign Airspace Again

    by Stephan Tawney on Fri, Mar 26, 2010

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    Russian bombers capable of dropping nuclear weapons violated British airspace on March 10th, flying over Scotland and eventually being intercepted by UK Royal Air Force Tornado jets.
    It’s a scene classically reminiscent of Cold War days or a Tom Clancy novel from the same: two weeks ago, Royal Air Force Tornados shadowed a pair of Russian Tu-160 Blackjack heavy bombers as they penetrated British airspace and nonchalantly cruised over the Scottish isles. RAF officials released photos of the intercept today.


    Apparently, the Russians have been doing quite a bit of this over the past year. “People may be surprised to know our crews have successfully scrambled to intercept Russian aircraft on more than 20 occasions since the start of 2009,” said RAF Wing Commander Mark Gorringe. The Russian bombers turned around just short of the coast of Ireland.
    It’s just the latest Russian saber-rattling from a recently empowered Moscow. And it’s cause for concern even outside of national security-related matters, as commercial airliners could collide with the unexpected, unannounced bombers.


    How provocative is the action? Imagine the reaction from the Kremlin if we decided to fly B-1 Lancers into their airspace just for the hell of it. Think Medvedev and Putin are saying, “Hey, no problem. Looks like you got lost,” or are they throwing a shit fit? Shit fit it is.


    But Russia has been emboldened by a weaker Washington. Notice the timeline offered by the RAF Wing Commander. The Royal Air Force has been intercepting Russian aircraft quite often since when? Right, the beginning of 2009. I can’t possibly imagine what may have lead Russia to become more and more provocative over the past year.
    But hey, let’s keep slamming our allies, showing weakness on the world stage, cutting back our defense budget, and bowing to Moscow by eliminating defense programs they demand be done away with. Like missile defense for Europe, the elimination of which got us precisely nothing in return from Moscow.
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    Russia Flexes Muscles In Western Airspace
    April 16, 2010

    Russia is increasingly flexing its military muscles by penetrating Western airspace.

    European defense officials have been worried about an increasing number of Russian bombers entering Western airspace.

    A pair of Tupolev Tu-160 Blackjack bombers -- the largest jet-powered combat aircraft ever built, capable of carrying nuclear missiles -- last month entered British airspace over Northern Scotland, Deutsche Welle reports.

    Two Tornado fighter jets from the British air force intercepted the supersonic bombers, accompanying them for four hours until they left British airspace.

    Similar incidents have occurred in recent years; London has said Russian planes have penetrated British airspace more than 20 times since the start of 2009.

    Stefan Meister, a Russia expert with the German Council on Foreign Relations, said that some penetrations might be accidental. He didn't rule out that there a Kremlin-authored strategy might be behind them.

    "The infiltration into the airspace is one of the ways the Russians try to prove that Russia is still a power that should be treated with the respect," Meister told United Press International in a telephone interview.

    A friend of military muscle-flexing, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in 2007 reactivated long-range patrols by nuclear-capable bombers after they hadn't been sent out over the world's oceans for 15 years.

    The move came as the Kremlin expanded its grasp into the Arctic, as one of its submarines planted a flag in the seabed in territory it considers its own at the North Pole in 2007.

    The Arctic is being transformed by climate change.

    Melting ice sheets will leave the oceans in the region possibly ice-free during the summer months. This is opening a new Atlantic-Pacific shipping channel and makes the vast oil and gas resources lying under the seabed more accessible.

    Patrol flights over Arctic waters have increased and Russia has given no sign that this will change – much the contrary.

    Putin this year announced he wants to beef up the Russian air force.

    The Kremlin in February unveiled its fifth-generation fighter jet and Putin wants his country's military industry to start working on a new strategic bomber.

    A launch of a new bomber program would be a giant project for the Russian aviation industry, which has been helped by numerous orders and major financial aid packages over the past years. Yet it's only one step of many that will see a major overhaul of the Russian air fleet.

    Moscow plans to commission 1,500 new planes and helicopters to modernize the air force by 80 percent, the government said.

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