US Fighter Jets Intercept Two Russian Tactical Bombers 100 Miles Away From Alaska

Tyler Durden's picture

The U.S. Air Force scrambled two F-22 stealth fighters on Monday night to intercept a pair of Russian nuclear-capable bombers which came as close as 100 miles from Alaska's Kodiak Island, Fox reports. This was the first time since President Trump took office that Moscow has sent bombers so close to the U.S. 

The two Russian Tu-95 “Bear” tactical bombers flew roughly 280 miles southwest of Elmendorf Air Force Base, within the Air Defense Identification Zone of the United States. The U.S. Air Force promptly scrambled two F-22 stealth fighter jets and an E-3 airborne early warning plane to intercept the Russian bombers.

The American jets flew alongside the Russian bombers for 12 minutes, before the Russian bombers reversed course and headed back to their base in eastern Russia.

An official quoted by the Washington Examiner said that while TU-95s are capable of carrying nuclear weapons, the planes involved in Monday’s incident did not appear armed. The interception was conducted in a “safe and professional” manner, the official added, as the bombers did not violate U.S. airspace or break international norms.

Monday’s incident comes amid escalating tension between Russia and the U.S., particularly over Syria’s ongoing civil war. Trump’s decision to strike Assad’s government earlier this month put the U.S. at odds with Russia, which has long supported Assad. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said last week that the chemical attack was staged.

Lavrov also said that another U.S. military strike in Syria could prompt “grave consequences not only for regional but global security.” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said earlier this month that U.S.-Russia relations have hit “a low point” following the strike. The top U.S. diplomat added that “improvement in the long-term relationship” between both nations is required to resolve the conflict in Syria.

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The last time Russian bombers flew near the U.S. was July 4, 2015, when a pair of Russian bombers flew off the coasts of Alaska and California, coming as close as 40 miles to Mendocino, Calif. Russian President Vladimir Putin called then-President Barack Obama to wish him a happy Independence Day while the bombers cruised the California coastline.

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chiswickcat's picture

100 miles from Alaska. So that would be over Russia, right? 

Looney's picture

 

Slightly OT, but you might find it interesting…

Over the years, I’ve realized that when something “big” happens, the very first reports are usually the most accurate. After a few hours, some details get lost or buried, and some lies are added. And THAT is exactly what happened with the Attack on Syria.

The very first report about the Tomahawks launched into Syria was done by Barbara Starr at CNN (ya, I know).

In that report, Starr quoted a Pentagon official “an initial battle damage assessment from the strike was that 58 of the 59 missiles "severely degraded or destroyed" their intended target… Thirty-six of the Tomahawks were fired from the USS Ross and the other 23 were launched from the USS Porter”.

Strangely enough, the numbers “23” and “36” correspond to the numbers provided by the Russians a few hours later: “23 Tomahawks hit their targets, and 36 are missing”.

We might never know whether the missing Tomahawks were downed by the Russians (jammed or shut down) or were never launched in the first place, but the perfectly matching numbers, 23 and 36, do make you go “Hmmm?”   ;-)

Looney

NoDebt's picture

Sara Palin watched it all from her back porch.  [insert obligatory joke about Sara Palin's back porch]

FrozenGoodz's picture

One back porch I'm okay with never seeing

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Spotting of Russian aircraft by attractive woman adorn with fashion eye wear while watch from back porch… must be Palin!

ToSoft4Truth's picture

Palin likes to eat Rice and let Monkies roam on her back porch, if ya know what I mean....

wren's picture

If I were Putin and wanted a war, I wouldn't be sending warnings like these. These instances are simply to say, "We are here." If he was looking to strike, he wouldn't be drawing attention to where he would strike. If a pack of lions wants to hunt their prey on a specific plain, they don't wander around it leaving there scent all over the place first.

Donald Trump's picture
Donald Trump (not verified) wren Apr 18, 2017 3:50 PM

Maybe they were coming to help with Calexit, since one of the "leaders" is living in Russia.

Well, that shit flopped like all snowflake endeavors.

Now lets see how much snowflake has Javanka rubbing on Trump. Last time s/he cried jew snowflake tears, 59 missiles went off.

Just Another Snowflakes Failure: “Calexit” Breaks Up, Ends Petition for 2018 California Ballot

http://dailywesterner.com/news/2017-04-18/just-another-snowflakes-failur...


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It doesn't work. I tried it. 

TwelveOhOne's picture

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Manthong's picture

Oh, Crud…

Like a Bear Bomber is much of a threat in the Great White North.

Gimme’ a break.

That bomber is so old and so big that there is probably an ice rink in it.

 

Maybe forward placed with a few cruise missiles.. but they don't look like that now.

Captain Chlamydia's picture

You really annoy people.  Fuck off. 

Twee Surgeon's picture

How old is your Bomber ? I know the B52's are 60 years old or thereabouts.

I have been reading the Russian Bomber, Russian Spy Trawler or Russian Submarine Spotted off the Coast for what ? 50 years?

These Russian 'Bear' Aircraft have been making the rounds for at least 45 years. Off the Coast of Scotland, off the Coast of New York, off the Coast of Alaska.

The only thing in those Aircraft is a bunch of politicians, the Banker guests and Foreign Diplomats, a Hot Tub, some Strippers and some Whores. Vodka, Coke and a Salad Bar.

They are Antique Movie Props, a Pseudo Threat that can be Photographed and shown to the Quivering Sheep.

How many of those old crates are still flying ? Metal fatigue is a bitch so they only drag them out a few times a year.

If a War was coming they would be building better bombers, but bombers are Obsolete, just like Aircraft carriers. In an all out war it will be all about Rockets and Missiles. Everything else is Theater. The next BIG war will last about 12 hours. End of story.

Manthong's picture

Crud... I missed the airborne hot tubs when I was doing that duty.

We kind of made up for it on the ground... oops..  some of us did it in the fuselage.

And just thinking forward…

The last places I would want to be in a hot war..

..tank

..slow subsonic bomber or patrol/surveillance aircraft

.. aircraft carrier

Think about the battle scenario.

 

r3phl0x's picture

All the world's a stage, but the play is badly cast.

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Boris is long time ago sell bomber - is take up too much room and other resident of apartment block is complain about parking.

Twee Surgeon's picture

Yeah, well I have Destroyer but my wife left me for a guy with a Frigate.

BigJim's picture

The Bear is a "tactical bomber", Tyler?

EvilScientist's picture

You answer yourself right at the beginning of your comment: as old as the B52s... And you stuff them with cruise missiles in case of a country with air defense, else you have a pretty economical bomb truck. There is a reason the B52 is still flying together with the Tu 95, and they might be around for many many years to come...

 

Twee Surgeon's picture

Yes, I understand that. The Warthog is also another example of a fine Aircraft that has been given a new and unexpected lease on life or Expected usability.

The Old Blackbird SR 71 ? is still flying for NASA or so they say.

Fine Antiques, but they are not building big Bomber Bomb Trucks any more and there is a Reason for that .

Apparently, if I had any Money, I could go On Line and buy a Drone, with a Camera and look into the Stripper Down the Streets window to see whats up.

Tech has evolved. They can put a Rocket through your Bathroom window while you are taking a Sh...Shower if they want to.

They have a few of those old birds still running and bring them out for Photo Op's when needed. It's not a Military threat, it is a Theatrical Choreographed Air-Show.

Dat's my Point. What will they send Next , 2 Heinkel 111's and a Sopwith Camel ?

Sirius Wonderblast's picture

Service life of B52 was recently extended to 100 yrs. Seriously.

Sirius Wonderblast's picture

They are partly there for show. Equally, you could launch your cruise missile off a B17 or Lancaster for all it matters, give or take payload its the weapon not the platform that matters.

The funny part is the US "intercepting" aircraft flying quite legitimately in international airspace and them flying along for 12minutes all unconcerned. Bit like the Russian corvettes in the Channel yesterday being intercepted by an RN Type 23, all about checking out responses and making presence felt. Forget how old the airframe is.

FreeShitter's picture

Some us saw it in Nailin' palin

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

This is confuse Boris… when say "back porch of Palin", you are infer subtle inuendo?

Bunga Bunga's picture

On an air strip ... connect the dots.

meditate_vigorously's picture

Russian Bombers are obsolete. They spent the money they would have needed to update their strategic bombers by far exceeding our missile technology.

kenzo7's picture

You're allowed to bark from outside only, that's the best proof that Russian stuff ain't that old.

chiswickcat's picture

By 'back porch' we mean her 'back door' 

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Back door to what? Front door is not more easily to access?

any_mouse's picture

Boris,
Some American men are like Muslims who prefer anal enrty point.

They think they aren't gay, yet prefer the anal entry point

An asshole is an asshole on either sex.

Really bent guys get pegged by a woman with a strap on fake penis, sometimes the penis is black color. The guy still doesn't think he's gay.

Early days of internet, women would complain so many men want to stick it in my ass. They say how would a guy like it if I fucked them in the ass. Less than 20 years later men are getting fucked in the ass by women.

I bet right now somewhere, some guy is thinking of screwing somebody who has a colostomy. A hole too far.

manofthenorth's picture

Alaska and Russia share a border. The U.S.-Russian maritime boundary zigzags down the Bering Strait between the Asian and American land masses. · Alaska and Russia are less than 3 miles apart at their closest point in the Bering Strait where two islands, Russia's Big Diomede Island and Alaska's Little Diomede Island, are located. In winter it is possible to walk across the frozen Bering Strait border between these two islands. At its closest, the American mainland and the Russian mainland are 55 miles apart where Alaska's Seward Peninsula and Russia's Chukotka Peninsula reach out to each other.

However, Kodiak Island is in the middle of the Gulf of Alaska and a very long way from any part of Russia some 800-1000 miles.

Alaska is "YUGE". The dateline had to me made crooked to keep all of Alaska and it's 4 time zones on the same date.

You could cut Alaska into 2 states and that would leave Texas the 3rd largest state.

Sages wife's picture

It appears you come by your name honestly.

Orc from Mordor's picture

Alaska and Russia share a border.

Yea, that's the right observation. And the USA and Russia don't. Nor do the USA and Alaska share a border.

FoggyWorld's picture

Some of that land I think you are counting belongs in fact to Canada.

manofthenorth's picture

You would be incorrect. No part of Alaska belongs to Canada or vice versa.

Alaska is the largest state in the United States by total area at 663,268 square miles (1,717,856 km2), over twice the size of Texas, the next largest state. Alaska is larger than all but 18 sovereign countries. Counting territorial waters, Alaska is larger than the combined area of the next three largest states: Texas, California, and Montana. It is also larger than the combined area of the 22 smallest U.S. states.

Look at a map.

 

Last of the Middle Class's picture

Personally, I'm partial to the overhang on her front porch.

spanish inquisition's picture

So we can arm our "moderate" friends with tomahawks while properly maintaining inventory? Or a secret strike against a nuclear power on a small peninsula without having to claim inventory drift?

Winston Churchill's picture

GoldscrtumSaks just rehypothecated the missing 36 Tomahawks.

Those Russians Bears launch standoff cruise missiles from over 1000 nm, so intercepting them 100 miles

off shore is a big FAIL.

That standoff range is also very old, maybe 1980s, so the odds are its much larger now.

The Bears themselves have a huge range without in flight refuelling giving them multiple vectors to attack

from.Very old they maybe, but they can do the job,Russia get value for their small defence budget, we get

trillion dollar turkeys ,and $500 hammers,prolly $700 now with inflation..

Darktarra's picture

Hey 100 miles is nothng when considering the distance and time a stand off missile takes to travel.   Those bear bombers should have been intercepted sooner!

 

Fundies's picture

NORAD was down for the day 

 

r3phl0x's picture

Probably Russian hackers.

CRM114's picture

Were the DefCon higher, they would be, but having jets forward based or on Combat Air Patrol continuously is Fuck-off Expensive.

_ConanTheLibertarian_'s picture

You have two cows.
You sell three of them to your publicly listed company, using letters of credit opened by
your brother-in-law at the bank, then execute a debt/equity swap with an associated general offer so that you get all four cows back, with a tax exemption
for five cows.
The milk rights of the six cows are transferred via an intermediary to a Cayman Island Company secretly owned by the majority shareholder who sells the rights to all seven cows back to your listed company.
The annual report says the company owns eight cows, with an option on one more. You sell one cow to buy a new president of the United States , leaving you with nine cows. No balance sheet provided with the release.
The public then buys your bull.

Sirius Wonderblast's picture

Maybe that one got de-Aegis'd?