A couple of Bears on a “tweak the lion’s tail mission” guaranteed to raise aggrevation but nothing else.
These are turboprop birds. Huge, slow, ungainly and utterly defenseless to any fighter aircraft manufactured after WWII.
Now if they had done this with a couple of Backfires it might have been a different story.
Kind of like the B52..
You recon 950 km/h is slow ?
But I guess they are on the first western radar the moment they roll out of their hangars.
If they don’t use hangars I guess they are always on radar.
Now if they had done this with a couple of Backfires it might have been a different story.==
The purpose of this exercise was to check the response time of RAF. And in what moment they found tu-95s. If it is the moment when they had unloaded thier cruise missiles then it is good.
Backfires are not part of the strategic air arm. They have had all their refuelling probes disconected. They don’t have the range to get to where the Bears and Blackjacks flew. These are out of area ops by heavy long range cruise missile carriers. They can stand-off outside the range of air defences and launch up to 16 air launched cruise missiles(for the Bears).
Last year the Russians flew the Bears and Blackjacks on those missions against North America. They are simply part of the Russian nuclear triad as long-range cruise missile carriers. The Russians have the longest-range cruise missiles in any active inventory.