Bears in the air: Why Russian bombers rattled some serious saber

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An F-22 from the 302d Fighter Squadron at Elmendorf AFB, AK intercepts a Russian Tu-95MS Bear H. (USAF image)
An F-22 from the 302d Fighter Squadron at Elmendorf AFB, AK intercepts a Russian Tu-95MS Bear H. (USAF image)

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One thought on “Bears in the air: Why Russian bombers rattled some serious saber”

  1. The resumption of Russian long range bomber missions to the shores of America, and to Guam, given current circumstances, means something quite different than they did during the latter years of the cold war, when such cat and mouse games grew so routine as to be boring to the average person, and perhaps a source of amusement for the participants. The fun ended, of course, with the loss of KAL 007.

    Correct me if I am wrong, but the typical Bear bomber on patrol now comes armed with long-range cruise missiles with MERV thermonuclear warheads. Such aircraft from within our identification zones, are capable of their mission, which is to destroy American cities.

    Russia has made advances in this field. The resumption of these missions can therefore be construed in no other way than as a threatened use of nuclear force against the United States. They do not need to fly down the coast of the United States in order to prove there weapons or the range of their aircraft. Furthermore, given the vulnerability of these B-52 era aircraft, such combined exercises in hostility and stupidity can only serve to prove one thing, and that is this: that we are rash enough, and stupid enough to allow them to continue.

    Query, should we ? Should we allow Bear bombers within our defensive perimeter ? Should we allow such gestures of intimidation to continue ?

    I for one would say no. I would discourage them from coming within range in a very firm and effective way. And by the same token, I sure as hell hope we are not doing the same sort of thing with our Ohio class submarines and nuclear armed B-52s, sending them in to the Sea of Otkhosk, the Barents, the Baltic, nor along the borders of Russia anywhere.

    Russia knew it was hunting reconnaissance aircraft off Kamchatcka at the time of the KAL criminal misfortune. We have recently seen again what they are prepared to do in such cases.

    Bombers that are armed are something else entirely. Perhaps it is time to bring one in for a close inspection. Or would an accident make the point better ?


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