Russian Nuclear-Capable Bombers Fly Within 36 Miles Of Alaska For Second Day In A Row

Tyler Durden's picture

Yesterday we reported that 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.

As we further added, there were no provocations or escalations on either side, and according to a Pentagon official, the interception was conducted in a “safe and professional” manner, as the bombers did not violate U.S. airspace or break international norms.

Fast forward 24 hours when as Fox reports, for the second consecutive day Russia flew two long-range bombers off the coast of Alaska on Tuesday, this time coming within 36 miles of the mainland while flying north of the Aleutian Islands, according to two U.S. officials.

The two nuclear-capable Tu-95H bombers were spotted by U.S. military radar at 5 p.m. local time.

However, unlike the previously described incident on Monday night, this time the U.S. Air Force did not scramble any fighter jets. Instead, it launched a single E-3 Sentry early warning aircraft (AWACS)  to make sure there were only the two Russian bombers flying near Alaska, and not other aircraft flying underneath the large bombers.

On Monday, the Russian bombers flew within 100 miles of Alaska on Monday night; one day later they cut the distance to the mainland by two-thirds. U.S. territorial waters extend 12 nautical miles from shore.

The Russian bombers took off from an airbase in Petropavlovsk, Russia and returned five hours later to an airbase in Anadyr. Both locations are in eastern Russia, some 1,000 miles away.

We have yet to get an official statement from the Pentago.

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vortmax's picture

Odds of those Bears carrying actual nukes is near zero

HowdyDoody's picture

Did they turn their transponders off like the US-NATO aircraft do when they fly towards Russia? Military aircraft + transponders off = military attack or simulation of attack.

Darktarra's picture

By the rockets red glare, the thermonuclear bombs bursting in air ... gave prove through the night, that our U.S. Flag was still there... 

Kotzbomber747's picture

Thankfully the USAF never flies close to Russian airspace in the Baltic or Black Sea... /sarc

Overfed's picture

The Russkies and the US have only been flying bombers near each others' borders for some 50 or 60 years.

PrayingMantis's picture


... sniffing new radar frequencies "painting" the Russian aircraft ... for future Aegis jam sessions ...


greenskeeper carl's picture

Calling these things 'tactical bombers' is like calling a muzzle loading flintlock a tactical assault rifle. They use these things for long range recon because they can stay in the air for an insane amount of time, they also have their most advanced sensors onboard. If the muh Russians ever Nike anyone, it won't be dropped out of one of these. Does anyone think the IS will choose a B52 to nuke someone? It's pretty much the same thing.

Consuelo's picture



Thank Gawd the Russians stayed away from being 'Nike'-d...   They would have definintely been flat-ass broke by now...

thatthingcanfly's picture

...and has anyone ever heard of this apparently new race of Eastern Europeans called "muh Russians?" Are they related to regular Rusians?

researchfix's picture

They are white, christian and capitalistic. Them and Iceland, nobody else anymore.

PenGun's picture

They are cruise missile trucks. They carry a lot of them, and the missiles are the part that matters.

shamus001's picture

....Or like calling an AR-15 an "assault rifle".  Since 1 trigger pull = 1 bullet fired, this technology has been in civillian hands since the double action revolver (exception = revolvers do not jam!)

TheGardener's picture

By Trump logic and beligerent standards when he mentions Crimea,  the return of Alaska to Russia should be considered a prerogative

and precondition for negotiations to start on anything from Russias side.

Took Red Pill's picture

poke the bear enough and the bear will come after you

BennyBoy's picture


We could fly within 36mi of Russia...and so what?

Click bait crap....and I clicked on it, but saw no ads because of ad blockers.


Palin was nude sunbathing again on her porch.

Urban Roman's picture

Maybe she can dazzle them with a green laser pointer. That'll teach 'em to fly over, um, where was it again? Almost to the edge of Russia?

Consuelo's picture



30 years ago maybe...  Holy shit though...

SubjectivObject's picture

What US provocations are not being reported?

land_of_the_few's picture

How 'bout the one where the Norks agreed to denuclearise if the annual maritime provocations by the usual various suspects stopped? Needless to say, they didn't stop, and no-one took up the offer. In the same manner as Russia's application to join NATO from Yeltsin was ignored and "lost".

Potato Farmer's picture

Like Boris says, "That not bomb (MOAB), this is bomb."

Reminds me a little of Crocodile Dundee.

silvermail's picture

But the useful ratio of nuclear missiles with a range of destruction up to 2500 km, which are on board these bears, is 100%.
These missiles can be released long before any US Air Force plane rises into the air for interception.

lester1's picture

Oh come on Tylers.. Stop following this Russia hysteria of the DISHONEST liberal media !!

NotApplicable's picture

I would agree, except it gives me an advance notice of when I get to hear the uninformed people get all bent out of shape about it (wife, coworkers, etc...).

Chet Ricco's picture

ZH is owned by ABC media. It's small print at the bottom of the page. Judging by the change in the type of stories over the last several months I would say that the Tyler's know which side their bread is buttered on.

earleflorida's picture

what exactly is ABC media?

is it like its sister CBA- media.. or its brother in-law BCA media, or for that matter its cousins, ACB- CAB- BAC-media's,...

ya know anything like CBS etal affilliates

so what is this thing you call 'ABC'?

Took Red Pill's picture

ABC Media, LTD is not American Broadcasting Company. It is out of Canada and stands for Alberta British Columbia.

silvermail's picture

I do not understand what you see Russian hysteria. If the US can bomb sovereign Syria - as a state of Russia's military ally, why can not Russia just fly in international airspace?
Or do you think that Moscow should take the example from Washington literally and start bombing the sovereign US?



land_of_the_few's picture

They're buzzing Alaska because Trump "is a Russian Agent", amirite? :D

skinwalker's picture

I was barely alive during the Cold War, but my understanding is that the technical term for these maneuvers is a dick measuring contest.

A. Boaty's picture

Sarah Palin saw them from her house.

skinwalker's picture

For the sake of accuracy it was actually Tina Fey who said that.

If I were some hyper mega ultra trillionaire type, I would make Tina Fey give me a blowjob while Lena Dunham gave me a rimjob. Even better if I ate loads of asparagus and prunes the night before.

Sofa King's picture

Oh, what the fuck, dude. Not after lunch...

manofthenorth's picture

Kind of like the "Bridge to Nowhere" bullshit.

The bridge was to connect the Ketchikan International Airport to ......The City of Ketchikan. Passengers flying in and out of Ketchikan have to take a ferry to get to and from the airport.

The bridge is a  good idea that was already underway before Sarah got sucked into the mindless circus of national politics.

The bridge had been YEARS in planing, engineering, funding and awarding of contracts. In fact the road that would connect the new bridge to the airport WAS built. Sarah cancelled the contract for the final stages of the project (as a political statement) and now there IS a "road to nowhere".

Fucking stupid shit.

see the road;

HerrDoktor's picture

where is that cunt  Tina Fey?

biker's picture
biker (not verified) Apr 19, 2017 12:45 PM

Nuke israel = Peace.

They worship satan
and the jew religion is a
doomsday cult.

They WANT global annihilation to bring back their god satan.

Ask them!

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biker (not verified) biker Apr 19, 2017 12:46 PM

PAYPERView would make big money broadcasting this!


biker's picture
biker (not verified) biker Apr 19, 2017 12:48 PM



Burn the jew satan books
cause they want it and like it!

Lets give them the destruction they beg for preaching.

biker's picture
biker (not verified) biker Apr 19, 2017 1:06 PM

~make sure you get all of them
or they will get all of us

shadow54's picture

Coincides with Putin's trip to the new Russian Arctic Base.

land_of_the_few's picture

Did they warn him about the tentacled thing that eats scientists? And the unstable ex-army base security officer that murders people quietly but stylishly and stuffs them in the freezer whilst tripping madly on bath salts?

Likstane's picture

The F-22's were probably undergoing complete overhaul after their grueling sortie yesterday.

Able Ape's picture

They're being stripped for spare parts...

land_of_the_few's picture

To fix an Olivetti electric typewriter.

War Machine's picture

Nah, the 22 is bad ass. Over-priced, but effective and better then anything the Russians have in any significant number (I guess some of the very latest Suks might have an edge in maneuverability, but less punch and they only have a few dozen).

On the other hand, the 35 likely would have rusted through over the Bering.

No reason for Russia to bother with this that I can think of - can't be to seriously probe air defenses. Nuking Alaska via prop bomber would hurt our feelings, some asshole bears, and Jewel's family - but that's about it.

Amazing how swift US response is to defend snow and ice versus the effort mounted on 9/11 - but I digress.

I don't get it though: if you want to remind us you're dangerous, missile tests are a better way to go, especially sub launches. Right? Also seems like bad PR - giving CNN and the NYT more powder for their propaganda cannons.

I presume I'm missing something, but its not like the US doesnt buzz their shores with some frequency.

I guess I'm maybe just missing why this is a story here, apart from being, let's concede, pretty good click bait.