World International Affairs Nuclear-capable Russian bombers flew off the coast of Alaska, prompting U.S. Air Force fighter jets to intercept them. The Russian Defense Ministry said Tuesday in a statement that "four Tu-95MS strategic missile carriers of the Russian Aerospace Forces made scheduled sorties over the neutral waters of the Chukotka, Bering and Okhotsk seas, as well as along the western coast of Alaska and the northern coast of the Aleutian Islands." The entire flight lasted longer than 12 hours and "at certain stages of the route, Russian aircraft were escorted by F-22 fighter jets of the USAF." The ministry said "long-range pilots make regular flights over neutral waters of the Arctic, North Atlantic, Black and Caspian seas, and Pacific Ocean" and that such flights were "carried out in strict accordance with the International Airspace Management System without violating the borders of other states." A Russian Tupolev Tu-95 strategic bomber and missile … [Read more...] about Russia Nuclear Bombers Fly Near Alaska, U.S. Jets Follow
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World International Affairs Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that a modernization program for the Tupolev Tu-160 supersonic heavy strategic bomber has been finalized, and a passenger version of the plane may be in the works. The Tu-160, known to the U.S.-led NATO Western military alliance as "Blackjack," has for decades been a mainstay of the Russian nuclear triad. Moscow has sought to extend the aircraft's service life via updates to its electronics and engine, as well as its arsenal. Addressing representatives of the Housing and Urban Environment national project in the city of Kazan, Putin expressed satisfaction with the final Tu-160 product and floated new air travel ambitions. “We have now implemented a brilliant project in Kazan, in fact, we have created a new Tu-160 for the armed forces—a supersonic combat bomber. And not only the carrier itself, but also its weapons were finalized. Everything runs like clockwork,” Putin … [Read more...] about Russia’s Nuclear Bomber That Flew to Venezuela Just Got an Upgrade, Now Putin Wants a Passenger Version
World International Affairs Two nuclear-capable Russian aircraft encroached close to American airspace on Friday, forcing Canadian and U.S. fighter jets to scramble and intercept the planes. The Russian Tu-160 Blackjack strategic bombers entered an area patrolled by Canada’s Royal Air Force on Friday, close to Alaska, The Independent reported. The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) revealed the incident on Saturday, saying that two U.S. F-22 and two Canadian CF-18 intercepted the Russian planes, escorting them away from the zone. "NORAD's top priority is defending Canada and the United States,” General Terrence O'Shaughnessy, the NORAD commander, said in a statement, according to Radio Free Europe. “Our ability to protect our nations starts with successfully detecting, tracking, and positively identifying aircraft of interest approaching U.S. and Canadian airspace,” he added. An Ilyushin Il-78 Midas air force tanker and a Tupolev … [Read more...] about Two Nuclear Capable Russian Aircraft Entered American Airspace Before Being Intercepted By U.S., Canadian Fighter Jets
Russia reportedly decided to pull nuclear-capable jets from Venezuela following a diplomatic spat with Washington over their support for the Maduro regime, the White House confirmed on Wednesday. This week, Russia placed two nuclear-capable Tupolev Tu-160 strategic bombers in Venezuelan territory and showed them off in the skies as a show of force for the Maduro regime.“During the international visit of the Aerospace Defense Forces’ delegation to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, pilots of strategic bombers Tu-160 conducted a flight in the airspace over the Caribbean Sea. The flight lasted for about 10 hours,” the Russian Defense Ministry’s press service said on Wednesday. “In certain parts of the route, the flight of Russian bombers was conducted together with Su-30 and F-16 fighter jets of the Venezuelan National Bolivarian Military Aviation,” they continued. “The pilots from the two countries practiced air cooperation when … [Read more...] about Russia Pulls Nuclear Bombers from Venezuela After Pressure from U.S.
Updated 2:41 pm CST, Wednesday, December 12, 2018 FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2005 file photo, a supersonic Tu-160 strategic bomber with Russian President Vladimir Putin aboard flies above an airfield near the northern city of Murmansk. The Russian military says two of its nuclear-capable strategic bombers have arrived in Venezuela, a deployment that comes amid soaring Russia-U.S. tensions. (Alexei Panov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File) less FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2005 file photo, a supersonic Tu-160 strategic bomber with Russian President Vladimir Putin aboard flies above an airfield near the northern city of Murmansk. The Russian ... more Photo: Alexei Panov, AP Photo: Alexei Panov, AP Image 1 of / 3 Caption Close Image 1 of 3 FILE - In this Tuesday, … [Read more...] about Russian nuclear-capable bombers fly over Caribbean Sea