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).
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.
You seem to have a handle on this. This article blurrs the facts and is therefore deliberately inflammatory. What the Russians did was fly into a piece of international airspace that the US monitors for the purposes of early identification of unknown aircraft. This was NOT US airspace.
Both sides do this, BTW. They fly up to the other side’s Radar picket line to record electronic emissions from the other side and to measure just how long it takes before they are physically escorted out of the area.
Your azz doesn't know what it's talking about. Bill Gertz is one of the best in the business on Russia and China. Besides, Northcom itself said Russia violated US space.
From the article: "Northcom says Russian nuclear bombers violated U.S. airspace during arctic war games"
From wiki (re: Northcom)
"United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) is a Unified Combatant Command of the U.S. military tasked with providing military support for civil authorities in the U.S., and protecting the territory and national interests of the United States within the contiguous United States, Alaska, Canada, Mexico (and the air, land and sea approaches to these areas)."
From the article:
"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."
Hey, enough with your facts.
Don’t you know it’s much easier to live in a fairytale world where the boogeyman is coming to get you at all times of the day?