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RAF Jet Chases Russian Planes Away From UK
Sky.com ^ | April 23 2014 | No Attribution

Posted on 04/23/2014 10:36:04 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey

Two Russian surveillance planes which flew close to UK airspace have been chased away by an RAF jet fighter.

The aircraft, believed to be Tupolev 95s, were spotted off the coast of northeast Scotland.

They turned away from Britain when an RAF Typhoon was scrambled from Leuchars airbase, near Dundee, where crews are on standby to intercept unidentified aircraft at a moment's notice.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Russia; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: coldwar2; raf; tupolev95

1 posted on 04/23/2014 10:36:04 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey
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To: MeshugeMikey

How usual/unusual is this nowadays?


2 posted on 04/23/2014 10:37:32 AM PDT by tcrlaf (Well, it is what the Sheeple voted for....)
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To: tcrlaf

Im not certain pf the frequency of these “close encounters”


3 posted on 04/23/2014 10:38:12 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: tcrlaf

Depends. Does the UK have an “oppressed Russian minority?”


4 posted on 04/23/2014 10:40:34 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: MeshugeMikey

They may just have to leave that job up to the Scottish Air Farce next year. Unless they blow their entire budget on free stuff.


5 posted on 04/23/2014 10:40:51 AM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: MeshugeMikey
The aircraft, believed to be Tupolev 95s

Bears? Geez, that was an old design in the 80s.

Unlike our B-52s, that are "venerable". Not old. :-)

6 posted on 04/23/2014 10:49:20 AM PDT by wbill
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To: MeshugeMikey

If they were Tu-95 Bears, then they heard them coming a long way off. There’s no mistaking a Bear for anything else.


7 posted on 04/23/2014 10:50:20 AM PDT by Tallguy
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To: MeshugeMikey
The aircraft, believed to be Tupolev 95s, were spotted off the coast of northeast Scotland.
The Tu-95 carried and dropped the AN602 Tsar Bomba, the largest and most powerful nuclear weapon ever detonated.
8 posted on 04/23/2014 10:50:42 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: 1rudeboy

Yes. Viggo Mortensen was almost murdered with a linoleum knife in the film Eastern Promises. That should meet the criteria for invasion.


9 posted on 04/23/2014 10:53:29 AM PDT by edpc (Wilby 2016)
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To: Tallguy
If they were Tu-95 Bears, then they heard them coming a long way off. There’s no mistaking a Bear for anything else.

TU-95s were so noisy that under the right conditions they could be picked up on the SOSUS arrays.

10 posted on 04/23/2014 10:55:33 AM PDT by Lower Deck
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To: 1rudeboy

lol


11 posted on 04/23/2014 10:56:40 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: MeshugeMikey
I did these intercepts a quite a few times in the late 60’s & 70’s.
We'd launch 2 F-4’s off the ready cats, we have one on his 6 and the other would come up on his port side.
We'd nod at each other, he'd open his bomb-bay doors and the guy at the 6 would fly up underneath and have a look to see if he was carrying weapons.
Then we would take up positions at his 9 o'clock and his 4 o'clock and make obscene gestures ant each other..
It's amazing to see how creative bored airmen can be...
12 posted on 04/23/2014 10:59:57 AM PDT by Robe (Rome did not create a great empire by talking, they did it by killing all those who opposed them)
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To: Robe

Great story. Guess back then you guys were looking for ALCM’s?


13 posted on 04/23/2014 11:03:04 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: MeshugeMikey

I did these intercepts a quite a few times in the late 60’s & 70’s.
We’d launch 2 F-4’s off the ready cats, we have one on his 6 and the other would come up on his port side.
We’d nod at each other, he’d open his bombbay doors and the guy at the 6 would fly up underneath and have a look to see if he was carrying weapons.
Then we would take up positions at his 9 oclock and his 4 oclock and make obsene jestures ant each other..
It’s amazing to see how creative bored airmen can come up with


14 posted on 04/23/2014 11:04:46 AM PDT by Robe (Rome did not create a great empire by talking, they did it by killing all those who opposed them)
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To: tcrlaf
Apparently it is not that unusual. WIKI even has a picture depicting this very scenario.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:RAF_Tyhoon_Russian_Intercept.jpg

15 posted on 04/23/2014 11:19:14 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: Robe
We’d nod at each other, he’d open his bombbay doors and the guy at the 6 would fly up underneath and have a look to see if he was carrying weapons.

That tactic was used against us on one occasion when an F-15 (IIRC) went to investigate the open doors and found a slew of photographers. Pilot hit the speedbrake rather quickly.

16 posted on 04/23/2014 11:22:58 AM PDT by rjsimmon (The Tree of Liberty Thirsts)
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To: MeshugeMikey

Welcome to the Cold War II.


17 posted on 04/23/2014 11:24:29 AM PDT by McGruff (You believe what your government tells you. Don't you?)
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To: McGruff

Its heating up just a tad


18 posted on 04/23/2014 11:35:12 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: MeshugeMikey

Old stories but bothered me me at the time...

Silent Running
Russian attack submarine sailed in Gulf of Mexico undetected for weeks, U.S. officials say
http://freebeacon.com/national-security/silent-running/

REPORT: Russian Nuclear Submarine Within 200 Miles Of The East Coast When Sandy Hit
http://www.businessinsider.com/report-russian-nuclear-submarine-within-200-miles-of-the-east-coast-when-sandy-hit-2012-11

Russian Subs Patrolling Off East Coast of U.S.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/05/world/05patrol.html?_r=0


19 posted on 04/23/2014 11:36:59 AM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheelbarrow)
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To: McGruff

Dutch scramble jets after Russian bombers approach...

http://www.myfoxdc.com/story/25320772/dutch-scramble-jets-after-russian-bombers-approach#axzz2zjh8Mwg2


20 posted on 04/23/2014 11:37:52 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: Irenic

heres a new one

Dutch scramble jets after Russian bombers approach...

http://www.myfoxdc.com/story/25320772/dutch-scramble-jets-after-russian-bombers-approach#axzz2zjh8Mwg2

why would the ruskies be flying those bombers except to try to intimidate......someone..


21 posted on 04/23/2014 11:39:18 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: MeshugeMikey

“why would the ruskies be flying those bombers except to try to intimidate......someone..”

That is why I asked if this was usual/unusual.

Have intercepts picked up recently?


22 posted on 04/23/2014 11:40:59 AM PDT by tcrlaf (Well, it is what the Sheeple voted for....)
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To: tcrlaf

the danes had to engage in some tactics as well.


23 posted on 04/23/2014 11:43:46 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: Irenic

The one that got to me was the Chinese sub that got next to one of our aircraft carriers during a exercise.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-492804/The-uninvited-guest-Chinese-sub-pops-middle-U-S-Navy-exercise-leaving-military-chiefs-red-faced.html


24 posted on 04/23/2014 11:48:46 AM PDT by B4Ranch (Name your illness, do a Google & YouTube search with "hydrogen peroxide". Do it and be surprised.)
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To: MeshugeMikey

Vlady getting frisky


25 posted on 04/23/2014 11:48:55 AM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: SevenofNine

a little mischief here a little there...

hes the perfect match for Buraq Hussein!


26 posted on 04/23/2014 11:52:07 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: MeshugeMikey
Here's a couple of Bears next to things of known size for comparison:


27 posted on 04/23/2014 12:08:39 PM PDT by PLMerite
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To: MeshugeMikey

Here we go, again.

Running frequency scans, and response measurements.

“The Bears are in the air, again.”

Now, if we see anything in print about naval incidents coming out of Scapa Flow ...


28 posted on 04/23/2014 12:11:10 PM PDT by Terry L Smith
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To: Robe

Cool!


29 posted on 04/23/2014 12:49:48 PM PDT by Cen-Tejas (it's the debt bomb stupid!)
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I knew an old guy, now deceased, who swears he saw a Soviet aircraft fly over the Texas coastline and back out into the Gulf of Mexico, circa 1950s. I don’t know if he REALLY saw that, but I guess anything is possible?


30 posted on 04/23/2014 1:03:57 PM PDT by Arkansas Toothpick
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To: Arkansas Toothpick
I knew an old guy, now deceased, who swears he saw a Soviet aircraft fly over the Texas coastline and back out into the Gulf of Mexico, circa 1950s.

If so, from whence might it have originated? In the fifties, it wasn't Castro's Cuba. There would've been no base for such a Soviet incursion.

31 posted on 04/23/2014 1:11:25 PM PDT by okie01
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To: Terry L Smith

has barry addressed this yet? I’ve heard nothing from him so far.


32 posted on 04/23/2014 7:09:44 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: MeshugeMikey

Dear MM,

Remember .... Barry hates the UK.


33 posted on 04/23/2014 7:51:48 PM PDT by Terry L Smith
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To: Terry L Smith

If only The Churchill Bust could TALK!!?


34 posted on 04/23/2014 7:53:24 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: tcrlaf
Nothing unusual about it. The number of flights are nowhere near the levels of the Cold War. Since the Russians restarted these flights on a regular basis it results in under 12 flights per year into the Atlantic and North Sea. The Russians are very late this year as the last mission into the North Sea area was back in September 2013.

UK figures for recent years intercepts.

Parliament - Written Answers to Questions 24th January 2013

Thursday 24 January 2013 Angus Robertson (Moray, Scottish National Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions Royal Air Force aircraft have been launched to monitor Russian aircraft approaching UK airspace in each of the last three years; and where each such flight was (a) directed and (b) scrambled from.

Andrew Robathan (South Leicestershire, Conservative)

Royal Air Force quick reaction alert (QRA) aircraft are based at RAF Leuchars and RAF Coningsby. The number of days on which QRA aircraft have launched in response to Russian military aviation that approached or entered the NATO air policing area for which the UK has responsibility in the each of the last three years is contained in the following table. The Russian aircraft remained in international airspace at all times. Not every launch resulted in an interception as some incidents were resolved prior to interception.

Number of days QRA launched in response to Russian military aviation

2010 11

2011 10

2012 8

35 posted on 04/26/2014 12:07:28 AM PDT by Tommyjo
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To: MeshugeMikey
The UK Ministry of Defense has released images of the intercept of the two Russian Tu-95MS Bear H on the 23rd April.

Link

36 posted on 04/26/2014 12:18:11 AM PDT by Tommyjo
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To: Tommyjo

“the MoD said similar incidents happened eight times during 2013.”

A spokesman said: “Russian military flights have never entered UK sovereign airspace without authorisation.”

lets keep it that way!


37 posted on 04/26/2014 6:08:53 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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