RUSSIA MONITOR

Date: 15 May 2018

Russia again threatens the USA with atomic bombers

After a long break Russian strategic bombers again appeared in the coastal zone of North America. Two Tu-95 were intercepted by American fighters on May 11 near Alaska – informed Northern Command. This is not the first such a move of the Russian army – it has more political, than military meaning.

SOURCE: WIKIMEDIA

Two bombers Tu-95 appeared in the American-Canadian Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) over the Bering Sea in the morning of May 11. They were intercepted by two fighters F-22 Raptor. Russians were flying to the west of the seacoast of Alaska, to the north of the Aleutian Islands. They did not trespass the airspace of the USA or Canada. The flight was later confirmed by the Russian Ministry of Defence. In the flight participated not only Tu-95 bombers, but also Tu-142, which are maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine aircrafts. Previous such a provocation took place almost exactly a year ago, also in the vicinity of Alaska. On May 2, 2017, two American F-22 Raptor intercepted two Russian Tu-95 strategic bombers and two Su-35 fighters. A couple of days earlier, a Russian Su-27 fighter dangerously intercepted an American P-8 maritime patrol aircraft over the Baltic Sea. A Russian flied almost 6 metres from the US Navy’s machine.

All those flights have only propagandist and political meaning. From the military point of view, there is no sense in sending an aircraft armed in missiles reaching thousands of kilometres so close to a territory of a foreign country and venture its interception. In Alaska, there is a United States Army launch site for anti-ballistic missiles in Fort Greely (about 130 kilometres southeast of Fairbanks). Appearance of Russian aircrafts, which can carry atomic weapons, in that place is not a coincidence, taking into consideration Putin’s rhetoric whose one of main objects of attack are American capabilities of defence against Russian missiles. In Fort Greely there is a majority of 44 Ground Based Interceptors missiles capable of destroying intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM). Others are stationed in California, in Vandenberg Air Force Base. One should remember that in June 2012 Russian bombers simulated a missile attack on American objects of anti-missile shield in Alaska, within the great strategic manoeuvres of nuclear powers. Russian bombers Tu-95 are armed with cruise missiles KH-55 and in newer and more dangerous KH-101 (conventional warhead) and KH-102 (nuclear warhead).

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