Skip to comments.RAF jets scrambled twice in one week to intercept Russian nuclear bombers
Posted on 10/27/2010 9:33:42 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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 the RAF's elite 'Quick Reaction Alert' force had taken to the air 64 times since 2006 - at least once a month - to head off Russian aircraft
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Blow one or two of those Russian bombers out of the sky and chances are they would quit sending them up. Obama has shown weakness and the west is being challenged as a result.
Good luck with Russia and China, Earth.
What do you mean yet??? How about STILL!!!
You would have to set that up by not scrambling a few times, that should be enough to make them decide to dip their toes.
While the cats away, mice will play.
Change is coming soon. When adults retake this Country, others will stop testing our, and our allies testicular fortitude.
This is really going to hurt me...
“RAF’s elite ‘Quick Reaction Alert’ force had taken to the air 64 times since 2006 - at least once a month - to head off Russian aircraft.”
2006, this was before Obama’s time, but maybe the number has increased dramatically since 2008.
It’s not just the “Obama factor”. Britain keeps downgrading its military capabilities since they are strapped for cash. Seems they’d rather keep the entitlement programs and avoid riots like France and Greece, so defense is getting the short end of the stick.
Defence has been slashed less than welfare programmes. Not that I think it is a good idea to downgrade defence spending, especially when we are still involved in a conflict, but lets be fair here...
Tupolev Tu95 designed thanks to stolen American technology, i.e.; B-29.
Was that BOTH of their Tornado fighters.....?
(Poor Britain, how far their Air Force has fallen since 1945.)
This has been going on for a LONG time. Even when I was in service (1988-1992), it happened. We’d do SIGINT to capture as much data as possible, relay it back up the chain to the NavSecGru.
Business as usual.
Not Really. the TU-4 Bull is the direct desendant of the B-29.Tupolev’s proposal was selected and Tu-95 development was officially approved by the government on July 1952. It featured four Kuznetsov, coupled turboprops fitted with eight-bladed contra-rotating propellers, producing a nominal 8,948 kW (12,000 eshp) power rating
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