WEST: NORAD Head Says Russia Increasing Arctic Long Range Air Patrols

SAN DIEGO, CALIF. – While Russian military aircraft have stepped up their activity everywhere from the North Sea to the Baltic to the Black Sea in the last year they have also been spotted more frequently closer to the U.S. territory in the Arctic, the head of U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) and North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) told USNI News on Tuesday.

In particular – flights of Tupolev Tu-95 Bear ‘H’ Bombers have increased recently NORTHCOM’s Adm. Bill Gortney said. Continue reading

Russia Launches British Communications Satellite Into Space

Are the British now as dependent upon Russia as their American counterparts to go into space?

 

Moscow, Russia:  Russia on Sunday carried out its first space launch of the year, using its commercial Proton rocket to send a British satellite into orbit.

The launch went ahead as planned just after 1230GMT from the Russia-owned Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, a live broadcast shown by Russia’s Roscosmos space agency showed. It is expected to reach orbit at 0402GMT Monday. Continue reading