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Posted on 06/28/2012 7:59:06 PM PDT by Ooh-Ah
Northcom says Russian nuclear bombers violated U.S. airspace during arctic war games
The U.S. Northern Command and joint U.S.-Canadian North American Aerospace Defense (NORAD) Command said two Russian bombers violated U.S. airspace near Alaska during recent arctic war games.
Disclosure by the command in charge of U.S. homeland defense followed a report in the Free Beacon quoting U.S. officials who said the Russian aircraft had threatened U.S. air space but did not cross into it and were met over the Pacific by U.S. F-15 interceptor jets.
There was a single out-of-area patrol by two Russian long range bombers which entered the Alaska ADIZ that were visually identified by NORAD fighters, John Cornelio, chief spokesman for Northcom, said in an email response to questions about the recent war games.
ADIZ is the Alaska Air Defense Identification Zone, a line of airspace surrounding Alaska used by the military to monitor aircraft threats.
On Capitol Hill, a senior House Republican expressed concern over the Russian war games.
These latest reported actions show what the Russian Federation thinks of the reset the Obama administration desperately continues to push, said Rep. Michael R. Turner (R., Ohio), chairman of the House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee.
Incursions into our airspace, along with their threats to attack our missile defense systems, show President Putins aggression in the face of President Obamas flexibility, said Turner.
Turner was referring to open-microphone comments made by the president during a meeting in March with then-Russian President Dmitri Medvedev. Obama was overheard telling the Russian leader not to pressure him during the election and promising more flexibility in negotiations with Moscow on missile defenses after his presumed reelection.
Washington and Moscow remain at odds over U.S. and NATO plans to deploy missile defenses in Europe that Russia regards as a threat to its strategic forces and that the United States insists will be limited for use against Iranian missiles.
Cornelio, the Northcom spokesman, identified the Russian aircraft were Tu-95MS bombers that are capable of carrying a variety of payloads, including nuclear weapons.
NORAD continues to monitor and identify all flights approaching the Air Defense Identification Zone, he said, noting that Russian jets observed international flight rules and their activities were conducted in a professional manner.
As is their right, the Russian Air Force continues to fly in international airspace, Cornelio said.
Cornelio declined to answer further questions, including whether the Russians notified the United State in advance of the Alaska air intrusions and whether national command authorities were notified.
Cornelio sought to play down the Russians arctic war games, which a Russian military spokesman said simulated attacks on enemy air defenses and other strategic targets.
Russia and NORAD routinely exercise their capability to operate in the North, Cornelio said. These exercises are important to both NORAD and Russia and are not cause for alarm.
The spokesman said the Alaska Air Defense Identification Zone is not a defense line but a zone of identification marking air space.
He said the majority of the Russian exercises were conducted mostly within Russian airspace and over the central Arctic Ocean, far from the Alaskan and Canadian Air Defense Identification Zones.
Other defense officials said the exercises, which began June 18, coincided with the meeting in Mexico between Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Obama. Both leaders appeared unfriendly toward each other in photos and videos of the summit encounter.
Officials said the administration made no protest of the incursions and kept details of the transit into U.S. airspace secret until the exercises appeared in the U.S. press.
Some 30 strategic nuclear bombers and support aircraft, including refueling tankers and airborne warning and control aircraft, took part in the maneuvers that ended Monday.
They included the Bear H and Tu-160 Blackjack nuclear-capable bombers.
The arctic exercises by the Russians are raising concerns among European and North American governments regarding efforts by Moscow to seek control over the resource-rich arctic territory, a strategic transit point for international bombers since the Cold War.
Defense officials believe the Russian war games simulated strikes using long-range cruise missiles against the U.S. missile defense interceptor base at Fort Greely, Alaska, as well as strikes on strategic radar systems based on the Aleutian island chain.
The maneuvers also likely practiced targeting the Trans-Alaska oil pipeline.
A Russian military spokesman, Air Force Lt. Col. Vladimir Deryabin, was quoted in Russian press reports as saying the purpose of strategic exercise involved practice destruction of enemy air defenses and strategic facilities.
Obama will not say or do anything about this. He wants America destroyed and would welcome the help of any Russian who would contribute to his evil plans.
Our wimpy Chief and President won’t do a thing. He is only brave enough to create expensive programs where money can be spent. Heaven forbid that one of them is now considered a tax increase.
My thoughts exactly. obama must go.
If Palin was still gov she would have made a big stink about this she had clearance way beyond obama before he became a hole in chief
We should use the same policy toward them.
Would you like to play a game Dr. Falken?
1) The ADIZ IS NOT SOVEREIGN US AIRSPACE. It extends hundreds of miles offshore of Alaska, and the U.S. doesn't "own" it.
2) This has been a routine occurrence in many previous administrations, and happened repeatedly at the end of the Bush administration. We've not been shooting down Russian bombers in the ADIZ previously so it's no suprise we didn't this time.
3) The US military is itself instructed to ignore the ADIZes of foreign countries.
Please! Those old TU-95 Bears are nearly 60 years old, prop driven, and cruise at less than 400 mph. They have the radar signature as big as a battleship and were likely tracked by an F22 sitting on the ground at Elmendorf (Anchorage).
Tu-95 production resumed in the 80s and 90s. Cruise speed is roughly the same as that of a B-52H and RCS isn't a big factor when you're launching standoff weapons from long range.
Couldn’t we “accidentally” not send any F-15s to intercept but once they enter US airspace do the intercept and force them to land or shoot them down?
Those Ruskie aircraft would make great museum pieces!
The bomber was made obsolete in August 1957 when the Soviet R-7 Semyorka was first introduced.
Robert McNamara realized this in the early 1960’s which is why he decided to build 1,000 Minuteman silos and 41 SSBNs.
...Interesting that very little coverage could be found on this several day exercise in the MSM , and what I did find was pictures of the older Bear class bombers and not the newer and more sophisticated hardware. So , does anyone recall what happened to mother Russia when we simultaneously parked all of those subs on their back door ? Thats right , they fell , and by the way, 1983 was put in checkmate.
Wasn't your previous pseudonym U-238?
USS Batfish (SSN-681) trailed a Soviet Yankee class boat for 44 days in 1978 during an operation called "Evening Star".
Batfish gained valuable info about the Soviet Yankee class SSBN.
Hope our F15 drivers had good earplugs.
IMO, if the violation has really took place it is a diplomatic move.
NATO told it was bad to down NATO combat aircraft in sovereign Syrian airspace and Russians are there to check what would NATO say about Russian aircraft in NATO airspace.
It is a loose-loose situation for State Dept to both condemn this flights and take measures to be caught on double standards or to show weakness ignoring it.