Russian jets intercepted by US

#1
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7240197.stm

Two Russian bombers approached a US aircraft carrier in the Pacific and were intercepted by American fighter jets, US defence officials say.

The unnamed officials told news agencies that the Russian bombers had flown over the USS Nimitz in the western Pacific on Saturday.

Four F-18 jets escorted the bombers out of the area, they added.
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Meanwhile, Japan has lodged a complaint with Moscow over allegations that a Russian bomber, thought to be one of those involved in the Nimitz fly-over, intruded into Japanese airspace on Saturday.
Also mass media reported about Russian bombers near British air-space.

But I wonder, where are B-52's? Definetely they fly frequently toward Russian borders. However, I haven't heard any reports about it recently.
 
#2
This is nothing unusual really, I wonder why the media has decided to grab hold of the story now though.

The Russians do this sort of thing now and then just to 'prove' they still have capability I think :?
 
#3
The Russians do this sort of thing because it plays well in Petrovsk. There is no currency in the Russian electorate being a Western Lickspittle.

They remember the days when they were a Superpower. Now they have some money coming in they want to be one again. Hence all Putins old style posturing. I for one look forward to the day he bangs his shoe on the desk in New York shouting "NYET!" :D
 
#4
Heedthebaw said:
The Russians do this sort of thing because it plays well in Petrovsk. There is no currency in the Russian electorate being a Western Lickspittle.

They remember the days when they were a Superpower. Now they have some money coming in they want to be one again. Hence all Putins old style posturing. I for one look forward to the day he bangs his shoe on the desk in New York shouting "NYET!" :D
Correctamundo. If the Septics thought there was a real threat then there would be a couple of bombers less for the Russians to play around with.
 
#5
rickshaw-major said:
Heedthebaw said:
The Russians do this sort of thing because it plays well in Petrovsk. There is no currency in the Russian electorate being a Western Lickspittle.

They remember the days when they were a Superpower. Now they have some money coming in they want to be one again. Hence all Putins old style posturing. I for one look forward to the day he bangs his shoe on the desk in New York shouting "NYET!" :D
Correctamundo. If the Septics thought there was a real threat then there would be a couple of bombers less for the Russians to play around with.
... and as a result there would be a couple of avia-carriers less got our American friends to play around with...

It sould be noted that the bombers are equipped with powefull cruise missiles (satelite guided) and are able to launch them from the safe distance.

The missiles (even without nuclear war-heads) are too dangerous. So unlikely our American friends would even think about any form of attack. Btw, no one interantional treaty was violated.
 
#6
KGB_resident said:
rickshaw-major said:
Heedthebaw said:
The Russians do this sort of thing because it plays well in Petrovsk. There is no currency in the Russian electorate being a Western Lickspittle.

They remember the days when they were a Superpower. Now they have some money coming in they want to be one again. Hence all Putins old style posturing. I for one look forward to the day he bangs his shoe on the desk in New York shouting "NYET!" :D
Correctamundo. If the Septics thought there was a real threat then there would be a couple of bombers less for the Russians to play around with.
... and as a result there would be a couple of avia-carriers less got our American friends to play around with...

It sould be noted that the bombers are equipped with powefull cruise missiles (satelite guided) and are able to launch them from the safe distance.

The missiles (even without nuclear war-heads) are too dangerous. So unlikely our American friends would even think about any form of attack. Btw, no one interantional treaty was violated.
Exactly - which is why there was no threat. I have worked with the US Navy and the biggest surprise for me in this decade is that they DIDN'T sink the Iranians who were approaching there ship. Maybe they are growing up 8)
 
#7
KGB_resident said:
Also mass media reported about Russian bombers near British air-space.

But I wonder, where are B-52's? Definetely they fly frequently toward Russian borders. However, I haven't heard any reports about it recently.
The difference being that the B52s don't enter or attempt to enter Russian airspace (neither do the Russian planes enter UK airspace, though mainly because they are intecepted and escorted long before they reach it).

Flying over a US Navy ship in international waters? Perfectly legal and safe (so long as you are not an Iranian airliner). If the Russian planes had wanted to loiter over the US ship then there would be nothing the US would be able to do (legally) except chuck up a couple of escorts able to shoot down the Russians should they do anything stupid (like opening bomb-bay doors or dropping some ordnance.

Entering Japanese airspace is a bit naughty, but more embarrasing for the Japs: they should have been able to track the Russian planes with enough warning to scramble a couple of their own planes to intercept and wave hello at the (probably very bored) Russian pilots.
 
#8
Forgive my incompetence in military matters but aren't the countries warned beforehand about one's airplanes approaching their airspace on such and such date during routine exercises?
 
#9
Domovoy said:
Forgive my incompetence in military matters but aren't the countries warned beforehand about one's airplanes approaching their airspace on such and such date during routine exercises?
This was not a drill. Google SSN and have a good read - this was nothing :twisted:
 
#11
It's rather reminiscent of 1988 and not 2008. I'm sure the interceptor pilots are enjoying themselves (Some of them will be rather aged by now though) :wink: :D
 
#12
Interceptor pilots love this Jazz. They are the only ones who find it funny, hell the guys usually pull out Page 3 and show the Russians what they are missing.
 

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