Russian Nuclear-Capable Bombers Sighted Near Japan

Well this is interesting:

For the first time in nearly three months, Russia flew nuclear-capable “Bear” bombers near Japan, Wednesday, the latest sign of increasing tensions in the region, two US officials tell Fox News.

The officials said three Russian Tu-95 Bear bombers took off from a base in eastern Russia flying in the Sea of Japan and remained in international airspace.

One U.S. official described the Russian bomber flight as “clearly meant to send a message.”

The Russian bombers came as close as 36 miles from Japan, but remained in international airspace.

Joining the three Russian long-range bombers was a IL-20 spy plane.

The three Russian Bear Bombers flew down Japan’s east coast, while a spy plane flew down the west coast, officials said.

A US Navy destroyer, the USS Barry, was also tracking the spy plane from the Sea of Japan.

This latest provocation from Russia comes as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visits Moscow, Wednesday, the first visit by a cabinet member to Russia since President Trump assumed office.

The Russian bombers took off Wednesday from an air base in Ukrainka in eastern Russia, home to one of Russia’s largest fleet of strategic bombers.

In late January, a pair of Russian bombers circumnavigated Japan for the first time in a year.

On July 4, 2015, Russian bombers flew 40 miles off the coast of California on the same day President Vladimir Putin called President Obama to wish him a happy Independence Day.

—Fox News

We live in strange times, indeed.

12 Comments

  1. This is routine. America does the same thing to Russia.That said, Trump will quickly find himself embroiled in some costly conflict, be it Korea or Syria, if he is not careful. Can America afford another trillion dollar war? Putin is only too happy to test Trump into risking war.

  2. Modern war is all about rockets, AI/cyber, and robotic drones. Planes, ships, tanks, troops are too slow.

    The real war is against the machines.

  3. Soon it will be about speed of light lasers and God knows what else is still a secret. Machines with the fastest reaction times will defeat machines with slightly slower reaction times.

  4. In the decades of The Cold War, this was merely business as usual.

    After a 25 year siesta, Russia is back, and, Lord, how The Yankee Empire desperately needs some limits!

  5. There is dispute between Russia and the nips over some islands that Stalin took from Japan at the end of WWII. There is also rising tension again on the Korean peninsula. So the appearance of Russian military aircraft in the area is hardly unusual.

  6. Don’t know if these were the maritime patrol/ASW variant, or the newly updated and converted cruise missile carrier variant of the Tu-95, however. At 500knts, it’s the fastest turboprop around.

  7. Israel has been bombing Syria for years, and Putin has been letting them get away with it. That’s one of the reasons Trump and his (((handlers))) figured they could join in the fun and w/o consequences. Now Zion will escalate further.

  8. “Modern war is all about rockets, AI/cyber, and robotic drones. Planes, ships, tanks, troops are too slow.

    The real war is against the machines.” – bombers can carry rockets. They just have to get close enough to launch a cruise missile, and then they can head back to base to rearm/refuel for the next delivery.

  9. Despite all modern electronics, man driven war machines still have lot of advatages. Superhyper drone is cool only until enemy does something what computer program does not contain.

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