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Russian nuclear-capable bombers intercepted off California coast

Published time: June 12, 2014 18:57
Edited time: June 13, 2014 10:10
FILE photo. A Russian TU-95 bomber (Reuters)

FILE photo. A Russian TU-95 bomber (Reuters)

A spokesperson for the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) confirmed this week that a fleet of Russian bombers set off alarms in the United States after coming within 50 miles of California’s Pacific coast.

Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a spokesman for NORAD, told Washington Free Beacon reporter Bill Gertz that a pair of Tu-95 Bear H aircraft maintained by Russia came close to US airspace during practice bombing while four of the planes were conducting bombing runs near Alaska. According to Nuclear Threat Initiative nonprofit organization, Russia has 29 Tu-95 MS6 Bear H6s and 30 Tu-95 MS16 Bear H16s, which are equipped to fire both traditional and nuclear payloads at targets from the air.

David told the Beacon that this week’s incident occurred on Monday afternoon and was caught quickly by radar systems that monitored American air defense zones. The radar spotted all four Russian aircraft, he said, and two F-22 fighter jets used by the US Air Force were then mobilized to intercept the bombers.

“After tracking the bombers as they flew eastward, two of the four Bears turned around and headed west toward the Russian Far East,” Gertz wrote. “The remaining two nuclear-capable bombers then flew southeast and around 9:30 P.M. entered the US northern air defense zone off the coast of Northern California.

Those two aircraft, he added, made it within 50 miles of the coast before turning around. The pilots, Davis told the Beacon, appeared to have “acted professionally” and that their behavior was on par with activity that’s “not unusual” for long-range aviation training missions typically conducted by Russia during the summer months. Indeed, in recent weeks other Russian-owned Tu-95 bombers skirted UK airspace and have come close to US property in both Guam and California, The Aviationist reported last month. In March, Russia’s daily Nezavisimaya Gazeta, said the nation’s Strategic Missile Forces began a three-day drill to make sure there was sufficient readiness to conduct a nuclear offensive.

“We assess this was part of training,” David added of this week’s incident, “And they did not enter territorial airspace.”

In spite of its age, David Cenciotti wrote for The Aviationist, the Tu-94 “still represents a significant strategic weapon in Putin’s arsenal.”

Earlier this week, Russian drills intensified when the nation’s military began exercises in the Baltic that the Defense Ministry said was a response to recent exercises in eastern Europe conducted by NATO forces. Allied nations currently maintain a presence there, much to the chagrin of Moscow, as tensions along Ukraine’s border with Russia remain high.

The US State Dept. reported last year that Russia may have an arsenal that contains as many as 1,400 operationally deployed strategic nuclear warheads and 894 deployed and non-deployed launchers

Comments (221)


cineex Farshid Hamedi 24.08.2014 12:57

This is to show Russia has a advance technology , and to make people in us fill good and make jok . The fact is atomic bomb can deploy by 100 years old canon .


Claudia 20.08.2014 18:45

Scott Sinclair 11.08.2014 17:27

My old Dad told me over 40 years ago that there will be a nuclear war which America will lose.


Yo ur old dad is a wise man. I see that coming for a long time to. The US is brought down from inside by people who dont have good meanings with the US. That what Kennedy and Reagan has reached, is destroyed by Bush and Obama. Russia made many changes to get connected with the west, and i am sure they now regret for turning down the wall. The US dont make any changes in a positive way with Russia.


Scott Sinclair 11.08.2014 17:27

My old Dad told me over 40 years ago that there will be a nuclear war which America will lose...He also stated that in that nuclear war WE in Scotland will cease to exist simply because of nuclear weapons on the Clyde......Curiously enough he believed that that America will 'remove' us...In all honesty I can see no better reason to vote "YES"..... At least we would have the opportunity to avoid annihilation......

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