2nd Night in a Row, Russian Equipment Found Off US Coast… 40 Miles
Russian bombers capable of carrying nuclear weapons were spotted flying less than 40 miles off the coast of Alaska for the second consecutive evening on Tuesday, prompting the scrambling of an E-3 Sentry early warning AWACS aircraft to keep an eye on them, according to CNN.
Two of the same type of Russian aircraft, Tupolev Tu-95 Bear bombers, also came within 100 miles of the coast of Alaska on Monday evening and were greeted by a pair of F-22 Raptor fighter jets.
According to Fox News, the E-3 Sentry AWACS plane was scrambled this time to ensure that the two Russian bombers were flying alone and not using their massive radar signatures to hide smaller jets beneath them, a not uncommon tactic for Russians nearing another nation’s airspace.
The pair of near incursions of U.S. airspace came just about a week after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced that U.S.-Russian relations had reached a “low point” while engaged in diplomatic talks in Moscow.
At that time, three Russian bombers flew near the east coast of Japan in a move that prompted 14 Japanese fighter jets to scramble to intercept them.
Prior to this week’s incidents, the last time Russian bombers were this close to U.S. airspace was believed to be on July 4, 2015, when the Russian pilots flew off the coasts of Alaska and California and one of them wished a happy Independence Day to the American pilots who intercepted them, according to the U.K. Independent.
The most recent event was deemed “not out of the ordinary” by U.S. Air Force First Lt. Lauren Hill, spokeswoman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command, which monitors all U.S. airspace.
“That no intercept took place and the flight was not dissimilar from out of area flights that NORAD has previously seen,” Hill said, though she declined to provide any further information.
Republican Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger apparently saw things a bit differently, proclaiming the near-incursions to be a “show of force” by Russian President Vladimir Putin to “show their teeth,” likely in response to recent actions by President Donald Trump.
“This was a show of force by the Russians to show us that they are still here,” Kinzinger said, “… an attempt to come up as close as they could to our international borders to see what our reaction would be.”
According to NORAD, some 60 Russian military aircraft have been intercepted near U.S. airspace since 2007. The Independent also reported that there have been several similar instances of Russian aircraft flying near European and British airspace, necessitating the scrambling of Royal Air Force fighter jets to intercept them.
There have also been several reports of Russian naval vessels cruising just outside U.S. waters off the coast of America, some made as recently as two months ago.
For two leaders that supposedly colluded to steal an election, as Democrats and the mainstream media would have us believe, these acts of brinksmanship would appear to be decidedly out of character.Share on Facebook Tweet about this