Thursday, July 19, 2007

Follow-up: RAF scrambled after diplomats expelled

Two RAF fighter jets were scrambled on Tuesday to intercept two Russian planes on course for British airspace, it emerged yesterday. The incident marked the latest escalation of tensions in the standoff between London and Moscow.
So Russia was willing to sacrifice two bombers over this? Because you know they didn't stand a chance against two Tornadoes. That's an odd move, Tu95s can't be cheap. All in all I think that would have been a bad move by Russia.


=HPSF=Jarhead said...
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=HPSF=Jarhead said...

Russian has been using TU-95 Bear's to fly border of NATO's airspace since the late 50's.

It wasn't uncommon for a NATO aircraft to intercept a flight (Bear's run in flights of two) of TU-95's daily. Russian used them to gather intel on communications and readiness.

I think this just the press trying to make a story that has been occurring for 50 years.

A fun fact: Russian got tired of seeing photos of TU-95 Bear crews waving to NATO pilots so they installed a KGB operative on each aircraft. The problem was the KGB operative couldn't crawl fast enough from the front to the back of the Bear so the TU-95 crews kept waving.