Skip to comments.Bears Buzz Alaska Again-Russian military again flies strategic bombers near Alaska
Posted on 05/06/2013 11:04:03 AM PDT by F15Eagle
Russian strategic bombers conducted flights within the U.S. defense zone close to northern Alaska and the Aleutian Islands last week in Moscows latest incident of nuclear saber rattling against the United States, according to defense and military officials.
Two Bear H nuclear-capable bombers were detected flying into the militarys Alaska Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) near the Aleutians, where a strategic missile defense radar is located, and Alaskas North Slope region by the Arctic and Chukchi Seas on April 28 and 29, military officials told the Washington Free Beacon.
Lt. Cmdr. Bill Lewis, a spokesman with the U.S. Northern Command, confirmed the fighter intercept of the latest bomber incursion but declined to provide details.
Two U.S. F-22′s from Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, were launched and visually identified Russian aircraft on the night of April 28, as the Russian Air Force flew standard out of area flights near Alaska, Lewis said.
The bombers did not enter U.S. airspace, he said.
However, the Alaska ADIZ is a formal national security zone used by the military to monitor both civilian and military aircraft. The dispatch of F-22s is an indication the bomber flights posed a potential threat to U.S. territory.
It was the fifth incident of Russian strategic bombers flying against the United States since June, when Bear bombers were intercepted near Alaska during a large-scale Russian strategic nuclear exercise that Russian military officials said involved practice strikes against U.S. missile defense sites in Alaska.
Less than a month later, on July 4, two more Bears flew the closest to the northern California coast that Russian aircraft have flown since the days of the Soviet Union.
Then in February two Bears circled Guam, a key U.S. military hub in the Pacific.
Additionally, Backfire strategic bombers flew simulated strikes against U.S. missile defenses
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They were probably invited.
Buzz ? what Obama not letting them land for refueling ?
Obammy would use them in a May Day parade over D.C.
Time to start up SAC again.
Works for me!
What difference etc etc
Boy, wouldn't Obama just love his own version of a Red Square May Day parade?
I’m sure it would fulfill his Marxist dreams of destroying America. And he’s doing a pretty effective job of that, thanks to his empowerment by millions of liberal fools.
I have assumed that the Bears are easy to acquire and track on radar, and would have a half life measured in seconds if it was decided to take them out. Anyone know?
They would be the sacrificial lambs to decoy the first interceptors away from the Backfires and the Blackjacks.
Yes, they’re huge.
The Russians have been playing this game with their Bears for over 50 years. This was a weekly occurrence somewhere in the world when I was in the Security Service in the early/mid sixties. We also do it to them to test their response.
You are right, Russ. I was also with Security Service during that time plus. It was common then for Bears, Badgers, etc to probe Alaska. Our interceptors were always right on top of them. The Russian Air Forces are no longer
the serious threat they used to be. It is a real challenge for them to get the three old birds off the ground at the same time.
When Obama dies—they could stuff him and put him in a tomb on the Mall in Washington with a guard of goosesteping soldiers. Then make sure people view him by making a visit the only way to get food stamps.