Russia Scrambles Fighter Jet To Intercept US B-52 Bomber Over Baltic Sea

Tyler Durden's picture

One month after the US intercepted on several occasions Russian tactical bombers flying in proximity to Alaska, overnight Russia returned the favor when a Russian Su-27 fighter jet was scrambled to intercept a US B-52 strategic bomber over the Baltic Sea as the American warplane was flying along the Russian border, the Russian Defense Ministry reported.

The ministry statement said that Russia’s air force detected the aircraft on Tuesday morning at around 7:00 GMT. The Su-27 of the Russian Baltic Fleet was deployed in response and shadowed the American aircraft after identifying it, as the bomber was flying in neutral airspace over the Baltic Sea along the border, Russia's RIA said quoted by Reuters. After the American warplane left the airspace near Russia, the Su-27 returned to its base of deployment, the statement said.

The latest interception comes amid ongoing NATO training exercises near the Russian border. The Northern Atlantic defense block is currently conducting one of the biggest drills this year in Romania, with another to take place in Estonia. The alliance claims it is necessary to build confidence among member states in Eastern Europe and the Baltic in the face of the alleged threat from Russia.

Moscow has repeatedly criticized what it sees as growing "anti-Russia hysteria" in Europe and considers the military build-up near its borders a threat to its national security. It has accused NATO of fearmongering to justify bigger defense spending by allies. NATO has countered that it is merely building up and testing defense forces to avoid another Crimea-type incident.

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Killtruck's picture


Muzzies hacking people with knives in London, and we're busy having a dick-measuring contest over the Baltic.

Quite the world we live in.  

Erek's picture

Don't beg anyone to get on the ark.

Just keep building and let everyone know the rain is coming.

SWRichmond's picture

Does Megan Kelly's head fit in the bomb bay of a B-52?  There's a surprising amount of space in there but Kelly's head is pretty large.

Erek's picture

It doesn't matter if it fits or not. With all the air she has in there it will explode above 1000 feet anyway.

HowdyDoody's picture

North American Terrorist Organasation aircraft (aka ISIS airforce) flying military aircraft towrds Russia with transponders off yet again. They should to what they do best - dropping arms to ISIS, bombing hospitals and power stations.

Talking of which, remember that infamous Omran, a young boy used in a 'rebel' (= moderate head-chopper) PR video supposedly showing the aftermath of a Russian or Syrian air force bomb attack on civilians in Aleppo?

Well it turns out the boy recovered from the ordeal, in now fully back to normal and living with his parents in the government controlled parts of Aleppo. It seems the father was offered $8000 to take part in another PR stunt, but refused.

This will be the lead story on CNN ant time now (/sarc)

quadraspleen's picture


Deep-state-backed Gladio teams posing as Islamists hacking people with knives in London, and we're busy having a dick-measuring contest over the Baltic.

Quite the world we live in.


GunnerySgtHartman's picture

Exactly ... this has been going on since the early days of the Cold War.  The media has evidently run out of things to talk about.

silverer's picture

Besides, there's a few more hours left on those old airframes. Might as well log some flight hours.

Von Berger's picture

Just another pissing contest......... more important events occurring.
Seth Rich
The expansion of the IMC.
Muslim ban
Tax codes
Donald's bowel movements
Is Melania sleeping in silk sheets ..........
will Spicey hold another presser.

O the humanity.........

kommissar's picture

more than a few: they were built before i was born, & they'll still be flying after i'm dead.

land_of_the_few's picture

They will last another 40 years at the current rate of use. They are a little over halfway through their airframe life.

Top wing surfaces will be the thing that stops them flying.

Here is a B52D model built in '57 or '58.

They are currently using H high-altitude models modified for low-level use most likely originally built in 1962.


jaxville's picture

  They are now upgrading DC-3 aircraft with turbo prop engines.  The DC-3 was built from 1936-1945.  They will be flying the modified aircraft for at least another twenty or thirty years.  

  I understand that it is low wing loading that give aircraft a long airframe life.

Andre's picture

Actually this is a bit unusual. Normally the aircraft used for this is an RC-135 or similar, to hoover up the radar signatures and such. This could have been a test of a new ECM suite, but using a bomber for border poking is a bit out of the ordinary.

shimmy's picture

The U.S drone striking a zillion countries and ruining the lives of millions of people halfway across the world and we're busy going on about 7 people killed by "muzzies"


HowdyDoody's picture

Yeah, the 500,000+ killed in Iraq alone, courtesy of the UK military (in part) don't figure.

There is the old quote supposedly made by 'The Next Hitler Mk I', old Joe himsdelf.

One death is a tragedy, a million is a statistic. (or words to that effect)

Obomber, Chump, Albright, Camoron and May agree.

It is (not so) strange that while (((Lenin))) gets a free pass for terror and mass murder unleashed on the Russians, Old Joe gets the 'Hitler' treatment for doing much the same.

scrappy's picture

I thought this was Zero Hedge, home of critical thinking.

Top 10 fails of Jun 3 London false flag.

Who Wears The Pants?

I will spell it out for you. Hoax. False flag baming the Muslims.

Most of the muzzies doing real attacks work for the Soros NWO Cabal.

Divide and Conquer.

The usual, typical of the age of pisces, which is in its death throes BTW.

Theresa May had her control the Internet ready to go, all written.

She even did some premptive speaches about it.

These control freaks have to go.

Same with the EU.

Same with th US

Same with China, etc. etc.

Putin plays the game well, but ditto.

They ALL have to go.

The people must take responsibility themselves.

I know many, me included have relished the SJW backlash.

What comes after?

Are we our brother and sisters keeper?

Is it not time to finally seek the truth?

Crowd Source the Truth.

Vett it together.

Then we then heal the divide.

We can create a society that is really based on truth and justice.

The control freaks have to go.

ALL of them.

Boxed Merlot's picture

...Crowd Source the Truth...control freaks have to go...

Like it or not, "crowd sourcing" still requires an operational infrastructure designed and deployed within a market driven construct, rewarding those among us who devote their time and energies to the hardware side of these devices being used to communicate.

Once these current evil "control freaks" are vanquished, rest assured a new crop will rise in their place and dictate to us again which devices and "language" will be the next newly improved acceptable medium of exchange / legal tender.

Constant vigilance under whatever system one finds oneself in will always be required, and personally, I'm thankful things haven't become even more restrictive.


halcyon's picture

What would US do if Russia flew Tupolev Tu-95 bombers right along their east coast?

It would be straight to shoot down orders.

These deep state neocons are really looking for a fight.

And we all end up paying the price....


Swamp Yankee's picture

Crap.  Lets all keep the big, scarry heavily-armed warplanes on our own sides of the playgrounds.

ThirteenthFloor's picture

"General Ripper has pretty well put an end to that option !"
"Gentlemen, you can't argue in here, this is the war room."

BorisTheBlade's picture

Legacy strategic bombers like B-52 or Tu-95 are essentially big subsonic targets that can be spotted hundreds of miles away as their radar cross section is just massive.

So, as far as there's an established rulebook of engaging each other in the skies, flights like that are more of a mutual training of air defense response time and readiness. Pilots on both sides perhaps already 'know' each other.

Bernardo Gui's picture

That's why the B-52s are armed with cruise missiles.

New_Meat's picture

and that's why the F-15 interceptor crews have Playboy foldouts.  Gotta show them Russikes what they're missing from the "Land of the Free."

Plus, when Bearz get a little provocative, they get their windscreen carbonized and have to fly all the way home on IFR.

Mr Hankey's picture

Hi-way 2 the danger zone!

BorisTheBlade's picture

True for the other side as well. Meaning if they didn't want to be seen, they would be flying well outside of radar coverage. You put that big of a target in close proximity for it be seen, demonstrate and test something, not to be disguised and surprise-attack.

Greed is King's picture

That`s the way it used to be in the cold war, RAF and Soviet pilots used to send each other birthday cards. It`s more serious now though, during the cold war the West scared its public with the Soviet bogey man, but the Soviet bogey man had no intention or desire to invade the West, but now the West is ruled by the Neo-Con Globalists, and they DO intend and desire to invade Russia. Armageddon awaits, it just needs a careless error.

BorisTheBlade's picture

That is also true. Cold War playbook and sort of mutual respect is long gone.

halcyon's picture

How many times have you counted Tu-95s pinging the borders of NYC in the past 10 years?

Thought so.

Who is the fucking war-mongering aggressor here?


Endgame Napoleon's picture

I wonder how much money is spent on this theatrical stuff, and meanwhile, we Trumpians wanted a beefed up military to protect our borders. European militaries are certainly not protecting their borders, with one terrorist mass murder after another happening on their soil.

Wahooo's picture

Problem with Drumpfans is that they define beefed up military in nationalistic terms, that is border protection, whereas Drumpf defines itnglobally, where our borders are defined by the area of the entire
Globe. That level of protection requires feeding the MIC machine forever. You got your "border protection."

max_leering's picture

somebody needs to 'splain what exactly a "Crimea-type incident" is?... we, and nato, should just stfu and leave Momma Russia be

silverer's picture

"Crimea-type incident"

It is an incident where the people in a country are actually allowed to determine who runs their country by voting in a free election.

max_leering's picture

what a concept eh... free and fair elections!.. I'd even bet those Russians are smart enough to not only hack our election, but change the numbers, and cause Hillary to lose... or maybe not

Greed is King's picture

A concept the people of Arizona would probably appreciate if it were available to them.

Pure Evil's picture

Yeah, but that's all just one side of the coin.

What happens if the Crimean's hold an election to determine their true independence from Ukraine and Russia?

Greed is King's picture

Free elections ?, that`s self determination is`nt it ?; self determination is undemocratic and illegal under American foreign policy, unless it returns the result America wants of course, then its the democratic right of the people, the Crimea did`nt give the desired result, therefore it must go on the list for a future "intervention".

The Fing News's picture

If NATO wants to avoid another Crimean type inncident then Stoltenberg needs to complain at hes boss at Bilderberg Group which he attended that people aren't bying their bs since we know US staged a coup in Ukraine. H needs to tell hes boss that MSM should do a better job at brainwashing people.

Bay Area Guy's picture

At some point, someone is going to make a mistake or there's going to be a technical glitch in one of these encounters and all hell will break loose.

This has Bedford Incident and/or Fail Safe written all over it.

Buster Cherry's picture

Probably would take much to make that 60 year old plane fall from the sky.

Von Berger's picture

Dr. Strangelove................ keep pushing the envelope
Yawwwwwwwwwn ..... George Webb still doing updates on Seth Rich?

VIS MAIOR's picture

who hate moslims and need blame them - best trump friend israel and saudi -



Idaho potato head's picture

If NATO thinks this is scaring Russia into some sort of compliance to thier twisted demands for servitude they are as sadly mistaken as Megan Kelly was thinking she could browbeat Putin into some sort of condecension.

New_Meat's picture

Mr Potato Head:

" ... thinking she could browbeat Putin into some sort of condecension."

I see what you did there.

Arrest Hillary's picture

Fake news bias .... story should read .... one month after Russian bomber neared Alaska .... the US "returned the favor" .... see how they twist things ?

Pure Evil's picture


I'd be more concerned if they flew off the Pacific coast of Mexico.

Thom Paine's picture

Maxine Waters says Russia keeps moving and hiding itself, so Nacy said send a B52 see if it can be found.

Greed is King's picture

Hell of a big country to find, better send some more bombers to help in the search.

lakecity55's picture

Maxine said these N Korean Bombers don't need to be flying so close to the US.


Megaton Jim's picture

If Maxine Waters is in DC, won't the country tip over into the Atlantic?!?