Nuke Armed Russian Bears over Guam

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Two Russian nuclear-armed bombers circled the western Pacific island of Guam this week in the latest sign of Moscow’s growing strategic assertiveness toward the United States.

The Russian Tu-95 Bear-H strategic bombers were equipped with nuclear-tipped cruise missiles and were followed by U.S. jets as they circumnavigated Guam on Feb. 12 local time—hours before President Barack Obama’s state of the union address.

Air Force Capt. Kim Bender, a spokeswoman for the Pacific Air Force in Hawaii, confirmed the incident to the Washington Free Beacon and said Air Force F-15 jets based on Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, “scrambled and responded to the aircraft.”

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18 Responses to Nuke Armed Russian Bears over Guam

  1. R.D. Walker says:

    Probably wanted to see if the island capsized yet…

  2. notamobster says:

    :-)

    Wow. Nuclear armed, eh? That’s interesting.

  3. Locke n Load says:

    why the hell not play like you have the upper hand if you’re the Russians? Obviously Obama isn’t going to piss and moan. I think he probably laughed this off, as should we.
    They weren’t going to drop bms for chrissake, just play the wargames and chase them away, prove we can dust the f’ers in a heartbeat, and move on.

    I’ll grant ya this though, I sure as hell don’t like the rest of the world playing ‘gotcha’ games with us. We’ve lost the fear that comes from respect.

  4. notamobster says:

    They were proving a point, Locke. Our B-52′s carry ALCM’s which have a range of 1500+/- miles. We launched the planes from RAF Mildenhall and the cruise missiles from German airspace during Kosovo.

    The Russians exploited our (considerable) nuclear cache and long-range bombers (B52) at Guam. They proved that they could get within range, loaded with nukes, and we couldn’t stop them.

    • Locke n Load says:

      I think they proved we WOULDN’T stop them.
      We could have dropped them out of the sky at a moments notice

      • notamobster says:

        That’s the point. We couldn’t stop them, because they are entitled to fly where they want. By the time they were in range, they’d still be in Int’l AO and not an eligible target. There would be no stopping them (aside from MAD).

        • Locke n Load says:

          Meh. They’re just showing us Obama doesn’t give flyin f**k.
          Thats a powerful statement on its own.

          Flipside, we could do the same to them if Putin wanted to play pussy as well.

          Tell ya what, if we have another Chinese ‘air accident’ like Bush encountered days into his presidency, well, then I’ll think its more than posturing.
          Embarrassing, yes. But just posturing.
          And by posturing I mean bent over, grabbing the ankles, and pointing our bums at Moscow.

  5. BigJimTX says:

    I wonder if those were part of the reported arsenal that we are trying to disarm ourselves to match.

  6. notamobster says:

    I don’t know what the Russian equivalent of the AGM-86 is, but I imagine they would have a similar (nuclear capable – or in this case armed) air launched cruise missile platform.

  7. reboot says:

    No biggee. We got a multinational air force training operation goin on right now here. I’ve never seen so many pretty colored F-15s and F-16s. So, we are pretty “plussed up” in numbers.
    I wouldn’t doubt if they weren’t part of that, or just buzzing by because of it.
    Yes, there are engrish speaking people in Guam, get over it.

    • notamobster says:

      We here, are familiar with Guam. You were doing good until the “get over it” thing. What was that about? I don’t think anyone would even question that there are English speakers on Guam. Odd.

      Thanks for the info on the training exercise. I don’t doubt that they were buzzing by because of it. That would be proving a point.

      • reboot says:

        Notamobster, I did not mean to offend you, I apologize for that. http://tinyurl.com/a58qcdh
        Refers to both the Cope North exercise and the “scramble”. I currently live on the eastern glide path the fighters take before they do a 180 from west of the island to land. There was nothing abnormal happening in our skies during or before the foul one’s gibberish was given.
        I really, really, enjoy this website.
        Thank you.

        • reboot says:

          I thought this was nothing new, and correct. 2007 http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2007/aug/10/russian-bombers-fly-to-guam/
          We’ve also been buzzed by chinese submarines, but that’s a joke.
          My take on it? I think it’s the military raising hackles over the looming massive budget cuts if our FINE congressional body don’t sign a budget. Look for more project delays in the shipyards that hit the unions hard.
          If you wanna chat: rebootinit at yahoo.com or trade email.

          • Locke n Load says:

            screw dat, just hang with us out of the shadows.
            You aren’t alone in Guam, we have friends there. Stop hiding. Speak.
            We’re here listening :)

            • notamobster says:

              Heck yeah, stick around, and join the discussion more. We can use the extra insights. I know you’ve been around for a while, commenting for a few months. Stick with us. We’ll only lead you astray sometimes. :-)

  8. reboot says:

    From an insiders prospective? ALL GS workers will take a 20% pay cut in the DOD and 4 day work weeks for something like 22 weeks. The shipyards will get hit much worse. All non critical mission travel has been secured in the DON. All new hires frozen, even mission critical hires<temporary hired contractors now. All overtime hours secured. All IT aquisition both hardware/software secured.
    Next, the Admiralty will start killing major projects in every Naval shipyard. They are sharpening their pencils……
    And russian nookler cruise missles? They were made illegal after the StartIII treaty was signed. We had a party on our boat because we weren't gonna load them sumbiatchs!
    We all KNOW the russians wouldn't break a treaty right?

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