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by Daniel Russ on March 26, 2010

RAF Tornados Shadow Tu- 160s Over Scotland

“It’s a scene classically reminiscent of Cold War days or a Tom Clancy novel from the same: two weeks ago, Royal Air Force Tornados shadowed a pair of Russian Tu-160 Blackjack heavy bombers as they penetrated British airspace and nonchalantly cruised over the Scottish isles. RAF officials released photos of the intercept today.

Apparently, the Russians have been doing quite a bit of this over the past year. “People may be surprised to know our crews have successfully scrambled to intercept Russian aircraft on more than 20 occasions since the start of 2009,” said RAF Wing Commander Mark Gorringe. The Russian bombers turned around just short of the coast of Ireland.

The story quotes an unnamed British source saying the Blackjack sorties are an example of Russian saber-rattling.

Source: Defense Tech


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Louis August 28, 2017 at 8:44 am

Not just sabre-rattling, but also giving crews valuable flight time, and testing response times from NATO, and looking for holes in radar coverage.

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