In yet another incident that may feel like World War 3 but seems to actually be part of Cold War 2, two Russian nuclear bombers steered away from their planned routes to fly dangerously close to British air space, over a region that United Kingdom defense officials called the U.K. “area of interest.”
The bombers followed the disturbing pattern of many Russian military aircraft that have confronted fighter jets from NATO, Britain, and even Japan over the past year, in that they did not file a flight plan, appeared to fly with their transponders switched off, and failed to communicate with air traffic controllers in the ground.
But the RAF fighter pilots flew close enough to the Russian bombers that they could communicate with visual hand signals.
Are the Russians, who have flown close to or even inside European airspace on hundreds of occasions since the spring of 2014 when the situation in Ukraine escalated tensions with Russia, making secret preparations for World War 3?
“This case is very unusual. Normally Russian Bears come past Norway and down the North Sea. It could have been used to probe the RAF speed of reaction south,” said Elizabeth Quintana, of the Royal United Services Institute, a U.K. defense think tank.
The U.K. defense ministry issued a statement, making clear that the Russian T-95 nuclear bombers did not enter British air space, but the confrontation in the skies can only raise fears that World War 3 is more possible than most would believe.
Full article: World War 3: Russian Nuclear Bombers Buzz British Air Space, RAF Typhoon Jets Scramble To Respond (The Inquisitor)