- Russian Su-27 fighters intercepted US B-52 bombers that approached Russia during a training mission Monday, Russia’s Defence Ministry said.
- Russia released footage of the intercept recorded from the cockpit of one of the fighters.
- The US Air Force said that the training exercises were “necessary” to ensure that the US can “respond to any potential crisis or challenge across the globe.”
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The Russian Defence Ministry released a video recorded from the cockpit of an Su-27 fighter as it raced after a US Air Force B-52 Stratofortress heavy long-range bomber.
Russian fighters were twice scrambled to intercept US bombers approaching the Russian border around the Black and Baltic seas, the Russian Defence Ministry said in a statement, according to Russian media.
Three B-52 bombers from the US Air Force’s 5th Bomb Wing flew from Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota to Eastern Europe in an unusual flight.
The US Air Force released its own statement on recent activities, explaining that “strategic bomber missions enhance the readiness and training necessary to respond to any potential crisis or challenge across the globe.”
The US and Russia frequently intercept one another’s bombers in Eastern Europe and over the Pacific.
In May, Russian Tu-95 long-range bombers entered the Alaskan Air Defence Identification Zone twice in two days. The US scrambled F-22 stealth fighters and intercepted them. Afterward, the US touted its ability to deter and defeat threats.
Two months earlier, it was the Russians intercepting US B-52 bombers flying over the Baltic Sea during a short-term deployment to Europe. Russia accused the US of unnecessarily fanning tensions.
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