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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Consuelo's picture



If not for LMT's lobbying $$$stranglehold on Congress, we would have gotten the (far) superior bird in the YF-23...    In fact, if one even observes casually, one will notice the 'hat-tip' to the YF-23 in the RF's PAK-FA...

John Law Lives's picture

Maybe the Russkies were just trying to get a bird's-eye view view of the crab boats on 'Deadliest Catch'.


IndyPat's picture

There are better options for daily Russian fear porn available, Tyler.

Gadocat99's picture

You nailed it.  I believe its possible this Bear was broadcasting the frequency that the earlier report stated could make a missle base disappear from radar.  Yesterday this type flight got intercepted at 100 miles.  Today, no interception and much closer.  Sounds like we need to improve our infrared sensors in a hurry.

Cognizant Millennial's picture

Report: "Russia flies bombers over/near Russia"



shimmy's picture

Let me guess- some murican morons in the govt/military will be upset at this, a country basically doing exactly what the U.S does to Russia and everywhere else it deems it is worthy to throw around carriers and airplanes.

How dare Russia have bombers clsoe to alaska of all places when the U.S has military all around Russia.

VWAndy's picture

 Nutbags looking for any excuse to do evil stuff.

Fake Trump's picture

"The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis." Dan Brown ,- Inferno.

HRClinton's picture

The hell / afterlife of which religion?

Or is that dog whistle tuned to your religion? 

MarsInScorpio's picture


Ignorant liberal Methodist dyke . . .

Every religion has a good afterlife, and a bad afterlife dichotomy; they exist as the ultimate Justice.

As for your snarky, vile comment about the dog whistle, just because you don't know the whistle is sounding because you can't hear it doesn't erase the reality that the sound exists.

So too with the afterlife; your inability to sense its existence doesn't change its reality.

The universe was created from a state of Absolute Nothing - no energy, no mass (E=mc2 - if either mass or energy equals zero, the other equals zero as well), no gravity (because there is nothing to cause attraction - no mass, no attraction), no time (because there is no movement - no mass, no movement).

There is no Spontaneous Generation in the Natural World, therefore, the creation of mass and energy requires an event outside the Natural World - that is, it is a "Super" Natural event.

Theology is the study to explain what that "Super" is and how it relates to us. Religion is how we live our life relative to that "Super."

So if you knew anything beyond being a jerk, you'd know that the issue of the afterlife is a theological one, and not a religious one.

So please, E S & D.

land_of_the_few's picture

He's not as deep a philosopher as Louise Bagshawe though is he.

Shibboleth's picture

Oh no! There are the bears again!

Everybody hide!




silverer's picture

Not much there to bomb. I think the Russians are flying by for the scenery. And the US did not intercept with fighters. No money anymore for that stuff.

Hulk's picture

Dear F-22 Pilots. Please escort the Tu-95H's to DC. Refuel for free if necessary. that is all.

Smoke if you got em...


Make sure Congress and the Senate are in full session before giving the Rooskies the go ahead on their final approach. 

researchfix's picture

Simply not possible. F22 is said to need major overhaul after 2 hours flight time.

scatha's picture

For geographically stupid Americans. Russia and US has a marine border, Bering strait about 60 miles across.

It takes seconds for Russian bombers to get within 36 miles of Alaska coast.

jamesmmu's picture
Russia Claims It Can Wipe Out US Navy With Single “Electronic Bomb.”

HRClinton's picture

BS. "Electronic Bomb" is code for "EMP bomb".

FYI, the USN now has EMP-resistant electronics. At worst, it forces them into a hard reboot of systems. Which forces them to rely on 'low' tech means of defense. E.g. fancy Gatling guns, whose radar system and electronics gets uncloaked only after the EMP, for immediate use.

Little is as it appears, or what you think you know. 

SantaClaws's picture

Maybe both sides, by agreement, are "flying" holograms.  There's no money for real flights, and who is there to report that any real flights took place?

Pesky Labrador's picture

Let's put this into perspective so people can understand it. The internal water boundary is 25 miles from shore. I know, because aboard ship we would wait until we were out 25 miles and purchase cigarette's for a lot less money. So their plane was 16 miles from our boarder, like we don't do the same shit to them?

moorewasthebestbond's picture

Keeping the Trumpian war machine honest, one patrolat a time.

Lostinfortwalton's picture

The Russians have been doing these perfectly legal flights in international airspace, off and on, for fifty years, or more. Is the author of this article really that stupid and uninformed?

Pesky Labrador's picture

Lord knows the majority of the MSM sheeple are that stupid.

HRClinton's picture

It's not about being "stupid and uninformed". It's about Control. The debating points are mere items and tools of convenience. 

What a shame that so many of you don't understand or operate on the subtle and complex level of State intrigue and manipulation. If you did, you'd be better positioned to actively looking after your interests. As it is, you tend to be mostly on the receiving end.

Your enemies want you to remain passive in your perpetual habits of hopes and prayers. For else, you'd actually become active and bring about real change. 

Kreditanstalt's picture

Welcome!  To the forces of a government that now, ironically, is more free, more honest, more market-oriented and more independent than any western government...

Volkodav's picture

       Russian Ag since sanctions:

       Russian Farmers protest for keeping sanctions:

       Russian Rostsemash manufactured Versatile Combine Harvesters work in North America:

       World Record Versatile  Rostselmash Rostov on Don:

Rock On Roger's picture

Versatile is a well respected name in western Canada. There are many thirty year old Versatile tractors still working. Teaming up with Rostselmash was likely a very good idea.

I once owned a Belarus tractor. It worked well, good on fuel, and easy to repair and was cheap to buy. It did need too much repair though, things would break often and I couldn't really trust it to keep going when needed. So I bought a Kubota tractor, much more trustworthy. A couple of neighbors owned Don combines, they were about the same as Belarus tractors, they'd break down at the wrong time.

If Versatile's dependability is combined with Russian simplicity then some excellent farm machines will be available to those of us that abhor expensive green paint.


Cheers Volkodav

HowdyDoody's picture

More worrying news would be - Russian Bears stopped flying close to US borders.

Followed by - multiple small unidentified flying objects heading in various directions over US territory.

In.Sip.ient's picture

Right. Love it.

The USAF must read my posts to get a clue.

At least this time, they didn't send F22s to be

"scanalysed" by Tu95Hs that are normally used

for martime "reconnaisance" these days...


Note the word "reconnaissance" there sparky...



Montana Cowboy's picture

Hyped Headlines "Within 36 Miles of Alaska"

Some of those border islands are so close that swimmers have made the journey. Big Diomede (Russia) and Little Diomede (US) are about 2 miles apart. Mainland borders have points about 40 miles apart or less.

Lea's picture

Why is that even news?

Look at a map. Alaska nearly touches Russia, with only a tiny strait separating them. Those planes were flying in orderly manner from Russia to Russia.

Don't you 'Mercans think you are overdoing the paranoid hysteria bit?

aloha_snakbar's picture

Well... Alaska used to belong to them until they sold it to us... maybe they want to buy it back. Id be okay with that, but they have to agree to take Palin...

cvp's picture

Just in ... Palin has reported seeing the Russian bombers from her home!

aloha_snakbar's picture

Maybe that is what the were doing there... wanted to catch Palin in her bathing suit shooting her AK47...

Nostradumbass's picture

Keeping the liberals off-center with the whole colluding with Russia hysteria now being made into a mockery.

tripletail's picture

The Russians have been doing this for decades! We used to track them out of Adak, AK.

jack stephan's picture

Day off, i been surrounded by more people than i would ever want.  If you dont have sarenna lee tits or a long chain around your neck with a pink nightie, i dont even want you in my eyesight.


But i bought ammo today, not enough to get all 190 plus countries but it goes good with red stripe and barry horowitz songs.


Between bankers that wont die, and rag head pipelines, i give the same answer


Give trump time to either expose the treachery or maybe buy us time on this fancy spit of land.  Im nostalgic about this place and overly sentimental, its my cross to bear, but its quiet now for a lil bit.  Ill let you guys insult each other in creative ways with tons of convincing bullet points and care less off to the side.


Time will tell

Beans's picture

"not enough to get all 190 plus countries"? With what? Wait don't tell me, two six shooters strapped to your sides? How very American of you...

There you go, off aiming your sights at the world and yet all along the (((jackals))) are in your midst. Tsk tsk... 

Dickweed Wang's picture

. . . as the bombers did not violate U.S. airspace or break international norms.



rwe2late's picture


It's called jingoist yellow journalism


"fake news" in today's lingo.


w4mps's picture

We do that all the time on their borders. What's the prob?

NoWayJose's picture

And just how did those Tomahawks avoid violating Syrian airspace?

OliverAnd's picture

They weren't the same F22s from the previous incident.  Those two were still being serviced.  Now there will be two more to service.

Cutter's picture

Why is this big news? We are sending an entire air carrier group to the coast of North Korea which is close to the Russian's most important Pacific naval base in Vladivostok. And we are also sending missile defense to the region which the Russians worry could affect their strategic nuclear forces, such as their ICBM equipped submarines, based in Vladivostok.

We are putting a lot of hardware in Moscow's neighborhood, so sending a couple of 50 year old bombers 100 miles off our coast seems like a relatively muted response.

If the Russians sent a naval flotilla off the coast of Mexico, in our neighborhood, we would respond much more forcefully than this.

But of course the hawks will scream "more Russian aggression." Just more exceptionalism, where the deployment of our forces should be seen as benign, even friendly, and anyone else deploying forces is seen as threatening the world order.

Fundies's picture



Alaskan bears  Hope they don't shit in the woods. 


IranContra's picture

Having made a necessary concession by dumping Assad and Iran after US missile strike on Iran-agent Assad, Putin needs a little self-esteem. No fireworks expected.