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Air Force confirms Russian jets circled US territory of Guam
FoxNews.com ^ | 2-16-2013 | FoxNews.com [author]

Posted on 02/16/2013 12:07:17 PM PST by topher

Edited on 02/16/2013 12:14:47 PM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

The Air Force confirms that two Russian bombers on Tuesday circled the U.S. island territory of Guam, prompting U.S. jets to scramble and respond.

Two U.S. Air Force F-15 fighter aircraft, operating out of Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, intercepted the Russian Tu-95 bomber aircrafts, which left in a northbound direction, said military spokeswoman Capt. Kim Bender.


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TOPICS: Extended News; Japan; News/Current Events; Russia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bho44; bhorussia; guam; nationalsecurity; russia; tu95; usaf; waronterror
I am curious how they knew the Russian Aircraft were carrying nuclear tipped missiles.

I understand cruise missiles being visible, but how does one know that they have nuclear warheads?

1 posted on 02/16/2013 12:07:27 PM PST by topher
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To: topher

Maybe they wanted to watch it tip over?


2 posted on 02/16/2013 12:08:32 PM PST by Cowboy Bob (Soon the "invisible hand" will press the economic "reset" button.)
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To: topher

I am curious how they knew the Russian Aircraft were jets.


3 posted on 02/16/2013 12:08:58 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Cowboy Bob

Beat me too it


4 posted on 02/16/2013 12:10:01 PM PST by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: topher

We have Beeber like devices that detect them


5 posted on 02/16/2013 12:11:00 PM PST by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: topher
Newspaper cited in article is the Washington Free Beacon: More on this story, click this link

Bill Gertz is the author of the story on the Washington Free Beacon.

6 posted on 02/16/2013 12:11:01 PM PST by topher (Traditional values -- especially family values -- which have been proven over time.)
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To: topher
Air Force confirms Russian jets circled US territory of Guam

Jets? Tu-95s are turboprop aircraft.

Russian Tu-95 bomber aircrafts

"Aircrafts"? AIRCRAFTS???

Damn, journalists are getting lazier and lazier.

7 posted on 02/16/2013 12:12:33 PM PST by SIDENET (I've drawn my line in the sand.)
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To: topher

I’ll bet you a dollar to a donut that the Obama Administration told the Guan AF to “stand down.”

Just like Benghazi.

I bet the F-15s weren’t even armed.


8 posted on 02/16/2013 12:12:38 PM PST by Gaffer
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To: al baby

You may you don’t have to rely on the fact they glow in the dark?


9 posted on 02/16/2013 12:13:02 PM PST by topher (Traditional values -- especially family values -- which have been proven over time.)
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To: All

Ok, a nickle to the first person to “get” my joke.


10 posted on 02/16/2013 12:13:21 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: topher
This is nothing new. Russia like to approach our airspace every now and then to get a reaction. As for nukes, when I was in Intel I used to call this "Ouija board." reporting...as opposed to saying they pulled it out of their a..


11 posted on 02/16/2013 12:13:44 PM PST by darkwing104 (Let's get dangerous)
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To: al baby
We have Beeber like devices that detect them

Well, color me STUNED.

12 posted on 02/16/2013 12:13:50 PM PST by SIDENET (I've drawn my line in the sand.)
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To: SIDENET

At least they didn’t say “aircraftses”...


13 posted on 02/16/2013 12:14:50 PM PST by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Vendetta))
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To: SIDENET
I had the same thoughts. FoxNews should have caught that.

The author on the Washington Free Beacon side (Bill Gertz) may be getting slow in his old age...

14 posted on 02/16/2013 12:15:13 PM PST by topher (Traditional values -- especially family values -- which have been proven over time.)
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To: SIDENET

Turboprops are jets.

Essentially, variations on turbofans, but the fan is unducted.


15 posted on 02/16/2013 12:15:54 PM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: topher

16 posted on 02/16/2013 12:15:54 PM PST by gaijin
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To: topher

That’s what Bears are primarily for: carrying nukes. Whole lot of traffic of all kinds going on in that area, most likely, and things are getting tight. China wants more real estate with more east Asian people (”One China policy” extended) and more routes. Russia wants to help (see SCO members) and to take back some real estate just south of it. There are Iran and N. Korea: lapdogs of the aforementioned, which countries may be close to mounting nukes.

That’s what we should be concerned about—not all of the other broadcasts of hysteria going on. Oh...and our Navy and Air Force going on strike because of budget cuts? Ha! Yeah, right! We’re closer to high-intensity and nuclear war than ever before. That’s my guess.


17 posted on 02/16/2013 12:21:11 PM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: topher

You better give it to em zer0, They might beat you up and take your lunch money.


18 posted on 02/16/2013 12:23:10 PM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: 1rudeboy

They are turboprops. Which is a type of jet prop.


19 posted on 02/16/2013 12:27:02 PM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Vaquero

I get that, and I’m not familiar with the Tu-95 enough to say how much “jet” is used for propulsion.


20 posted on 02/16/2013 12:28:14 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: topher

That bastard in the White House has turned us into an international laughing stock.

He SHOULD be impeached.


21 posted on 02/16/2013 12:36:18 PM PST by ZULU (See: http://gatesofvienna.net/)
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To: topher

Ruskies new hussein was playing golf and wouldn’t be interrupted. They could get away with anything now that he has more flexibility in deniability.


22 posted on 02/16/2013 12:37:40 PM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: topher
the interceptors might/prolly carry Geiger counters in them but i doubt they would confirm information like that to the L$M...
23 posted on 02/16/2013 12:40:06 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: ZULU
That bastard in the White House has turned us into an international laughing stock.

He SHOULD be impeached.

Joe Biden wouldn't be a bigger joke? Really?

24 posted on 02/16/2013 12:41:02 PM PST by EricT. (The Second Amendment is Tyrant Control.)
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To: EricT.

They are both bad. Impeach one then the other.

The difference between Biden and Obama is Biden is too stupid to be dangerous. Obama is not. He is a dangerous, manipulative ideologue with an anti-American Agenda.


25 posted on 02/16/2013 12:44:26 PM PST by ZULU (See: http://gatesofvienna.net/)
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To: topher

Hope and change.


26 posted on 02/16/2013 12:46:37 PM PST by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: ZULU

He’s just competing with Bush’s compassionate wars against the religion of peace.


27 posted on 02/16/2013 12:54:39 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: topher
The Air Force confirms that two Russian bombers on Tuesday circled the U.S. island territory of Guam

Oh, but those Russkies are in for a surprise. Don't they know we allow gays in the military now?

They'd better stand down if they know what's good for them.

28 posted on 02/16/2013 12:59:42 PM PST by Fido969
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To: Gaffer

The important thing is did they intercept them before they were in range for a potential attack or after.


29 posted on 02/16/2013 1:19:01 PM PST by mortal19440
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To: topher

did the US do the “usual drill”?


30 posted on 02/16/2013 1:25:45 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: topher

I think the article is wrong. The original and more detailed article in the Washington Free Beacon states only that “Defense officials said the bombers tracked over Guam were likely equipped with six Kh-55 or Kh-55SM cruise missiles that can hit targets up to 1,800 miles away with either a high-explosive warhead or a 200-kiloton nuclear warhead.” This describes the capability of the usual cuise missile complement but does not claim that nuclear weapons were carried.


31 posted on 02/16/2013 2:41:07 PM PST by Rockingham
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To: Rockingham
I agree. Neither the US or Russia is running around with live nuclear weapons on such flights these days. Those days of flying airborne alert are long since gone. There have been far too many in-flight and landing incidents whilst carrying nuclear weapons. It would take an increased alert procedure for live nukes to be carried.

This year should see greater confidence boosting between US and Russian strategic air arms. Russian Tu-95MS Bear Hs are scheduled to visit Barksdale and B-52Hs are scheduled to visit Engels on an exchange program.

32 posted on 02/22/2013 8:21:12 AM PST by Tommyjo
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To: Tommyjo

It would be big, big news if either the US or Russia began carrying nukes aboard bombers. The persistence of the B-52 and TU-95 in operational inventories is a tribute to their robustness and capability — despite designs that are now well over fifty years old.


33 posted on 02/22/2013 10:53:59 AM PST by Rockingham
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To: 1rudeboy

As opposed to sharks?


34 posted on 02/22/2013 10:56:53 AM PST by Mr. Lucky
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