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RAF Intercepts Russian bombers

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Old September 6th, 2007   #1
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RAF Intercepts Russian bombers

RAF Tornados have intercepted eight Russian bombers as they approached UK airspace.
The Bear Tupolev-95 planes - which can carry nuclear and Cruise missiles - were detected by Nato early this morning.
Typhoon intercepts Bear last month
Typhoon intercepts Bear last month

Ministry of Defence officials said four F3 fighters were scrambled from RAF Leeming in Yorkshire and RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire.

The Russian planes diverted before entering British territory.

They headed back to their base in north Russia without incident and are still thought to be in the air, with Nato tracking their progress.

Sky's Defence correspondent Geoff Meade said: "Diplomatic relations between Moscow and London haven't been great for some time and I think this is maybe a bit of sabre-rattling on behalf of the Russians.
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"This is the biggest formation of Russian aircraft to be challenged in this way since the Cold War and marks a stepping up of Moscow's challenge to British defences."

He described the incident - the second of its kind in a month - as a "probing mission".

Norway twice scrambled F-16 fighters to monitor the Russian planes as they neared - but did not breach - its airspace.

As well as carrying missiles, the long-range Bear planes are used for surveillance.

Last month, two of the RAF's new Typhoon Eurofighter jets were used to intercept and turn back a single Bear over the north Atlantic.

And in July, two Russian aircraft were warned off by RAF jets as they headed towards UK airspace.

In May, two Tornado F3s were scrambled from RAF Leuchars in Scotland to intercept a Tu-95 observing the Royal Navy exercise Neptune Warrior.



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The ADV Tornados had been developed precisely for very long CAPs and to intercept Soviet strategic bombers. Good to have them around again then

Seriously, get some Typhoons with Asraam and AIM120-C-5 up there real fast, just in case...

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Where is HMS Daring doing it's sea trials, are these Bears maybe doing a little sniffing?
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Where is HMS Daring doing it's sea trials, are these Bears maybe doing a little sniffing?
Outer Hebrides (Western Isles).

(then again, the same Telegraph article that says that claims she'll carry Harpoon and Tomahawk and can support Apaches...)
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Perhaps with their resumed flights the Russians are doing a huge favour to the European aerospace industry: I'm thinking about the Norwegian fighter competition; the vikings might get a little push towards the only real air superiority fighter/ interceptor in the race- the Typhoon. What do you think?
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Where is HMS Daring doing it's sea trials, are these Bears maybe doing a little sniffing?
It could be that. I think also the Russians are interested in resuming a presence in the North Atlantic.

They recently laid a claim to the North Pole and the sea surface underneath the ice pack. By resuming some of the patrolling that had been done, it might potentially reinforce any claims to future natural resources that can be recovered or exploited.

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To me this looks like the start of a new cold war. But we will have to wait and see.
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Yea right , nobody is starting a new cold war , its not in anyone's interest and besides Russia can not compete against NATO , this is just because Putin want's to be remembered as the man that made Russia strong again.
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Yea right , nobody is starting a new cold war , its not in anyone's interest and besides Russia can not compete against NATO , this is just because Putin want's to be remembered as the man that made Russia strong again.
Well it looks like it will countinue down this path because the Russian people love putin and they really like the idea of Russia becoming a military superpower agian. Everyone in Russia is sick and tired of Russia being weak and the Russians don't care much for the U.S.
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To me, it is nothing more than a little brinkmanship via sabre rattling by Putin who, as Xander said, wants to be seen as a strong, iron-fisted ruler gearing Russia up for new-found strength & glory. Also, it has to do with Putin's personality. Dont forget how he treated the very oligarchs who put him in power.
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