US stealth fighters intercept two Russian bombers

The U.S. military scrambled a pair of F-22 stealth fighters Monday night to intercept two Russian long-range bombers that flew close to Alaska, a Pentagon official said Tuesday.

The Russian TU-95 “Bear” bombers are capable of carrying nuclear weapons, but there was no indication the planes were armed, and the bombers did not violate U.S. airspace, the official said.

The U.S. Air Force F-22s visually identified the plane and briefly flew alongside, before the Russian bombers changed course, and flew away from the U.S.

The interception was conducted a “safe and professional” manner, the official said, and there was no violation of any international norms.

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source: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/us-stealth-fighters-intercept-two-russian-bombers-near-alaska/article/2620563

  • rick meek

    BIG WHOOP – I remember the BEARS from my military days…..

  • Freedom

    Interesting Prop planes in this day and age for long range bombers.
    Even our B-52 built in the late 40’s as B-48 and then B-52 in the 50’s
    are jet powered. Of course all electronics have been updated…..

    • Terry Butts

      A lot of places stay with something if it works rather than go to the expense of having the latest model.

      Of course there is also the possibility that Prop engines are less susceptible to damage/disruption from certain modern electronic weapons.

      For example when lighting struck a tree on the corner a few years back the only vehicle in the area that would start the next day was one made in the early 70’s the rest made in the 80’s or later had an electronic board that was damaged preventing them from starting.

    • remuda

      All jet-powered, but…

      TU-95 Bear–Dual-twin-four straight-blade Counter-rotating prop-jet (1956)…sub sonic…nothing newer…vs B-52 pure jet (1955), B-1B mach 1 plus (1974 & 86), B-2 sub-sonic (1996)

      Our E2-D Hawkeyes are 8-blade scimitar (quiet, efficient, aero) prop-jets, some C-130’s.

      Pure jet TU-16 sub-sonic Badger (1954) crashed after low pass on Exxex.

      https://theaviationist.com/2016/04/14/that-time-a-soviet-bomber-crashed-into-the-sea-after-buzzing-a-u-s-aircraft-carrier/

      • Ace Dragon

        THERE CALLED TURBO PROPS. IF A BIRD HIT THE BLADE, THE WHOLE AIRCRAFT CAN GO DOWN. BY THE TIME THAT FLYING LEG OF LEAD CAN REACH OUR COAST, THE B2 WILL BE DROPPING ITS ARSENAL..

    • Ace Dragon

      NO MATCH FOR OUR STEALTH B2 BOMBER. ONCE YOU SEE IT ON RADAR, IT’S TO LATE!! FORMER NORTHRUP B2 FLIGHT LINE TECHNICIAN.

  • dank440

    The old Bear is fast and efficient and been around five decades. My pal was on an intercept mission in early 70s, the bear was so loud they could hear it inside an F-4!

    • John

      The noise is from the propellers. They are so large, that even geared down a lot, the blade tips are transonic. Remember

  • CMD

    The bears are not allowed to poop on our land. They will be mopped-up by our air defense in Alaska. Begone, fools…

  • Bob Still

    Seems like these news feeds will publish anything for a click for their advertising…………..

  • safari1024

    What? No simulated attack run against the bombers. Perhaps Mr. Trump is a bit more mature and responsible than Mr. Putin.

    • grafra102

      safari1024: HELL YES!!!

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