Answer: Nuclear saber-rattling
Russian nuclear-capable Bear bombers flew inside America’s defense zone near northern Alaska on April 28 and 29, marking the fifth incident of Russian bombers flying against the United States in less than a year.
In June, two Bears were intercepted near Alaska during a Russian military drill involving practice strikes against U.S. missile defense facilities. On the significant date of July 4, two more Bears flew closer to the California coast than any Russian aircraft have since the era of the Soviet Union. Then in February, two Bears circled Guam, a U.S. military hub, and in April Russia flew simulated strikes against U.S. missile forces in Japan.
Analysts say the ramped-up belligerence is part of Moscow’s efforts to sway Washington’s missile defense plans. Continue reading
If they can reach the northern California coast with aged bombers during dry runs, imagine what the capabilities will be in 2020 when over 70% of their forces are modernized.
Russian strategic bombers conducted flights within the U.S. defense zone close to northern Alaska and the Aleutian Islands last week in Moscow’s latest incident of nuclear saber rattling against the United States, according to defense and military officials.
Two Bear H nuclear-capable bombers were detected flying into the military’s Alaska Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) near the Aleutians, where a strategic missile defense radar is located, and Alaska’s North Slope region by the Arctic and Chukchi Seas on April 28 and 29, military officials told the Washington Free Beacon.
Lt. Cmdr. Bill Lewis, a spokesman with the U.S. Northern Command, confirmed the fighter intercept of the latest bomber incursion but declined to provide details. Continue reading