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  • Russia conducts strategic bombers efficiency drill

    03/20/2010 8:47:07 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 29 replies · 616+ views ^ | 3/20/2010 |
    Russia has carried out a series of efficiency drills for Tu-95MS Bear strategic bombers, an Air Force spokesman has said. Lt. Col. Vladimir Drik said the flights were conducted in poor weather conditions over the Arctic from air bases in Engels in the Volga region and Ryazan located in central Russia. "During three-day exercises, Tu-95MS Bear strategic bombers and Il-78 aerial tankers practiced various types of flight drills, including in-flight refueling," Ria Novosti quoted him as saying. Russia resumed strategic bomber patrol flights over the Pacific, Atlantic and Arctic oceans in August 2007, following an order from then-President Vladimir Putin,...
  • Hello Neighbor

    03/11/2010 10:08:05 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 386+ views
    Air Force Magazine ^ | 3/11/2010 | Air Force Magazine
    In 2009, NORAD launched fighter aircraft on 14 occasions in response to unannounced flights of Russian Tu-95 Bear and Tu-160 Blackjack bombers that were in international airspace, but were close enough to US and Canadian airspace to warrant a closer look, Air Force Gen. Gene Renuart, NORAD boss, told the Senate Armed Services Committee Thursday in written testimony. He said they "were not considered threats," but it is NORAD's practice to dispatch fighters to identify any unknown aircraft in such scenarios. In response to a Senator's question during the hearing, Renuart said there have also been "a couple of instances"...
  • Russia Runs Out Of Gas

    02/05/2010 1:35:36 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 254+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 02/05/2010 | The Strategy Page
    Norwegian military intelligence believes that the number of Russian military aircraft operating off the Norwegian coast will decline this year. The reason is logistics. The new Russian defense budget has cut fuel purchases for the air force. No fuel, no flying. The Russians are doing this because, despite lower oil prices (for Russians main export) and the aftereffects of the global recession, Russia has to rebuild its' armed forces. By cutting fuel purchases, more money is available for new equipment. A year ago, former Russian president, and current prime minister, Vladimir Putin, announced that, despite the current recession, and low...
  • Russia could double number of bombers on strategic patrols

    12/28/2009 1:49:48 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 23 replies · 1,038+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 12/22/2009 | RIA Novosti
    The number of strategic bombers performing routine patrols could be doubled if the Russian General Staff makes such a decision, the commander of Russia's strategic aviation said Tuesday. Russia resumed strategic bomber patrol flights over the Pacific, Atlantic, and Arctic oceans, the Black Sea and along the borders of the Commonwealth of Independent States in August 2007, following an order from then-president Vladimir Putin. "As a rule, up to four strategic bombers perform patrol flights simultaneously. However, under specific circumstances and on orders from the General Staff, their number could be increased to up to eight aircraft," Maj. Gen. Anatoly...
  • Elderly Russian Bombers Falling Out Of The Air

    11/09/2009 5:35:55 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies · 1,218+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 11/09/2009 | The Strategy Page
    A Russian Tu-142M3 reconnaissance aircraft recently crashed twenty kilometers off the Pacific coast, during a training mission. The Tu-142 is an unarmed maritime patrol aircraft that, in the last few years, have resumed long range patrols. Such activity had been halted in the early 1990s. The Tu-142, which was introduced in the 1970s, is the patrol version of the Tu-95 heavy bomber. This aircraft entered service 51 years ago, and is expected to remain in service, along with the Tu-142 variant, for another three decades. But these elderly aircraft are increasingly expensive to maintain, and prone to developing unexpected problems....
  • Russian bombers continue routine patrols over Atlantic, Arctic

    05/07/2009 4:39:14 AM PDT · by pobeda1945 · 6 replies · 830+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 07/ 05/ 2009
    MOSCOW, May 7 (RIA Novosti) - A pair of Russian Tu-95 Bear strategic bombers have carried out a routine patrol flight over the North Atlantic and the Arctic, an Air Force spokesman said on Thursday. "The crews practiced instrumental flight maneuvers and conducted a series of other drills," Lt. Col. Vladimir Drik told RIA Novosti. During a 15-hour mission, the bombers conducted in-flight refueling from Il-78 Midas aerial tankers. The Russian planes were shadowed by NATO F-16 and Tornado fighters. Russia resumed strategic bomber patrol flights over the Pacific, Atlantic, and Arctic oceans in August 2007, following an order signed...
  • Tu-95 strategic bomber: The true icon of Russiaís Air Force

    05/06/2009 5:07:37 AM PDT · by pobeda1945 · 28 replies · 3,627+ views
    Pravda ^ | 06.05.2009
    The history of Russiaís renowned Tu-95 strategic bombers began at the end of the 1940s, when Soviet aerospace engineer Andrei Tupolev and his team were asked to design a bomber that could be capable of flying from the USSR to the United States and back. Tupolevís Design Bureau (known in Russia as OKB-156) put forward a suggestion to equip the new aircraft with jet-prop engines that were much more efficient and economizing in comparison with jet engines. Tupolevís Design Bureau started the construction of the new strategic intercontinental bomber aircraft in the beginning of the 1950s. The first test flight...
  • Russian strategic bombers fly near Alaska on routine patrol

    01/28/2009 3:42:06 AM PST · by pobeda1945 · 42 replies · 1,194+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 28/ 01/ 2009
    MOSCOW, January 28 (RIA Novosti) - A pair of Russian Tu-95 Bear strategic bombers have carried out a routine patrol flight over the Arctic Ocean off Alaska, an Air Force spokesman said on Wednesday. "Two Tu-95MS strategic bombers took off from an airbase in eastern Russia on Tuesday and successfully carried out a patrol mission over the neutral waters of the Arctic Ocean and near Alaska," Lt. Col. Vladimir Drik told RIA Novosti. The spokesman said that during the 10-hour mission, the crews practiced instrumental flight maneuvers in arctic climate conditions. "On route, the bombers were accompanied for 10 minutes...
  • Russian Air Force bomber briefly intrudes into Japanese airspace (24 warplanes scrambled)

    02/09/2008 5:57:03 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 30 replies · 262+ views
    Kyodo News ^ | 02/09/08
    Russian Air Force bomber briefly intrudes into Japanese airspace TOKYO, Feb. 9 KYODO A Russian Air Force bomber briefly intruded into Japanese airspace off the southern part of the Izu Island chain on Saturday morning, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said. Japan filed a strong protest via the Russian Embassy in Tokyo over the Tupolev Tu-95 strategic bomber's intrusion which lasted about three minutes from 7:30 a.m., the ministry said. Russia, however, denied the aircraft had entered Japanese airspace, Russia's Itar-Tass news agency reported. Alexander Drobyshevsky, head of the Russian Air Force information service, told Itar-Tass that strategic aircraft missions were...
  • Russia sparks fears of a second Cold War

    09/17/2007 11:54:45 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 26 replies · 98+ views
    Daily Herald ^ | September 17, 2007 | DAVE MONTGOMERY
    Monday, September 17, 2007 Russia sparks fears of a second Cold War DAVE MONTGOMERY - MCCLATCHY Newspapers WASHINGTON -- Lumbering Soviet-era bombers flying far outside Russian airspace. Harsh recriminations of U.S. expansionism. The most vigorous military modernization since the fall of communism more than 15 years ago. With his country awash in oil-generated prosperity, President Vladimir Putin is flexing Russia's muscles in a series of unsettling reminders of the Cold War that raise the question: Just what is the former KGB spy and -- by extension, Russia -- up to? While U.S. officials and Russian experts generally don't envision a...
  • Chief: Canadian top guns, Russians tangoed this week

    09/08/2007 7:36:43 AM PDT · by NorthOf45 · 17 replies · 952+ views
    The Chronicle Herald ^ | September 8, 2007 | Chris Lambie
    Chief: Canadian top guns, Russians tangoed this weekChris Lambie The Chronicle Herald September 8, 2007 Canadian fighter jets have scrambled as recently as this week to intercept Russian bombers flying over the Arctic, says the new commander of this countryís air force. CF-18 Hornets met the Tupolev-95 Bear bombers outside Canadian airspace, Lt.-Gen. Angus Watt told The Chronicle Heraldís editorial board Friday. "Itís not exactly a new challenge; itís an old challenge that has returned," Lt.-Gen. Watt said Friday. The recent encounter took place near Inuvik, N.W.T., inside what the military dubs its air defence identification zone. "Itís where we...
  • PICTURES: RAF Typhoon intercepts Russian Tupolev Tu-95 bomber

    08/22/2007 10:50:33 AM PDT · by Freeport · 54 replies · 10,308+ views ^ | 22/08/07 | Craig Hoyle
    In a scene reminiscent of the Cold War, a Russian air force Tupolev Tu-95 bomber is pictured being intercepted by a Royal Air Force fighter before approaching too close to UK airspace on 17 August. But for the first time, the aircraft providing so-called quick reaction alert (QRA) cover is a Eurofighter Typhoon F2 from the RAF's 11 Sqn - the unit tasked with leading the type's evolution into a multirole fighter also capable of performing ground-attack duties in Afghanistan from July 2008. Russian bombers have been intercepted by UK fighters on several occasions so far this year, with their...
  • Russia jets resume Cold War runs

    08/09/2007 8:30:14 AM PDT · by Sax · 25 replies · 1,684+ views
    BBC News ^ | 08/09/07 | BBC
    Russian bombers have flown to the US island of Guam in the Pacific as part of an exercise this week reminiscent of the Cold War. Two Tu-95 jets flew to Guam, which is home to a big US military base, Maj Gen Pavel Androsov said. They "exchanged smiles" with US pilots who scrambled to track them, he added. The sorties, believed to be the first since the Cold War ended, come as Russia stresses a more assertive foreign policy, observers say.
  • Russiaís Strategic Aviation to Conduct Major Exercises

    09/23/2006 5:23:47 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 27 replies · 613+ views
    Kommersant,Russia ^ | Sep. 22, 2006
    Russiaís Strategic Aviation to Conduct Major Exercises Strategic bombers of Russian Air Forces are to conduct major exercises with launching cruise missiles and mid-air refueling, RIA News agency says with reference to Alexander Drobyshevsky, spokesman of Russian Air Forces. Aviation is to try new crews during the exercises. ďOver 50 percent of the participants are young pilots,Ē said Drobyshevsky. Tu-160 and Tu-95 bombers will shoot cruise missiles at northern firing grounds, and Tu-22M3 are to practice bomb-release. Some of the tasks, including mid-air refueling, are to be carried out at night. Exercises of the 37th air army of Russian Air...
  • Russia to offer TU-95 & TU-22M bombers to China

    01/14/2005 3:38:11 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 92 replies · 3,653+ views
    Friday, January 14, 2005. Page 3. Air Force to Offer Strategic Bombers to China By Lyuba Pronina Staff Writer Itar-Tass The Air Force intends to show its Tu-22M3, above, and Tu-95 to the Chinese military. Russia could sell China strategic bombers and plans to tout them during a joint exercise later this year, Air Force commander General Vladimir Mikhailov said Thursday. "We could sell some Tu-22M3 and Tu-95 bombers [to China]. We will show them to our neighbor. ... If they have the money, let them buy," Mikhailov told reporters at a briefing, referring to the first-ever joint Russian-Chinese military...
  • Bear H intercept

    04/27/2002 5:32:51 PM PDT · by vannrox · 21 replies · 503+ views
    Inside the Ring via Drudge ^ | April 26, 2002 | Bill Gertz and Rowan Scarborough
    <p>Two Russian strategic nuclear bombers flew within 37 miles of Alaska recently in a rare probe of U.S. air defenses, according to U.S. intelligence officials.</p> <p>The Tu-95 Bear H bombers were part of a group of four bombers that deployed recently to the military air base near Anadyr, a port in the northern Far East of Russia. The bombers can carry up to 16 Kh-55 strategic cruise missiles, which are equipped with 200-kiloton nuclear warheads.</p>