Russian fighters intercepted by U.S. near Alaska.....
Two Russian fighters entered a US "air defense identification zone" two days ago and were intercepted by American F-22 jets near Alaska, military officers said. The incursion on Wednesday was followed by a second incident on Thursday involving two Russian long-range bombers, which flew into Canada's air defense identification zone (ADIZ) and were intercepted by two Canadian F-18 jets, officers said
Although Russian aircraft have entered the zone previously it was "the first time in a long time" that fighter jets passed through the area, said a US defense official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. To safeguard a country's air space, air defense identification zones extend beyond territorial air space and are designed as a buffer to give a government more time to respond to potentially hostile aircraft. But the zones do not fall under international treaties and are not regulated under international law. The Russian aircraft flights coincided with a visit by Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko to Washington, where he made an impassioned address Thursday before a joint session of the US Congress, denouncing Russia's military intervention in his country.....snip~
Russian fighters intercepted by U.S. near Alaska
Next time Russian planes approach US air space....
We should sramble a piper cub to meet them. If that is not practical, then some kind of obviously unarmed weather plane, or perhaps a chartered civilian jet with the gaudiest livery scheme imaginable- with all the lights on.
I cant think of any better way to tell Putin that his pattern of meglamaniacal sabre rattlling is a joke and has absolutely no military value as far as intimidation goes.
Granted, this was all simulations, but very impressive.
Curious, though...did Russia actually build the MiG-31 Firefox from the movie of the same name? (Re: Clint Eastwood era)
Last edited by Objective Voice; 09-20-14 at 06:25 PM.
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With respect to an in-close dogfight, that's a different matter. From ABC News:
The United States has spent nearly $80 billion to develop the most advanced stealth fighter jet in history, the F-22 Raptor, but the Air Force recently found out firsthand that while the planes own the skies at modern long-range air combat, it is “evenly matched” with cheaper, foreign jets when it comes to old-school dogfighting.
F-22 Raptor Loses $79 Billion Advantage in Dogfights: Report - ABC News
There will remain a role for manned fighters for the next few decades, but I don't think they'll be produced in the same numbers as the last ones, F-18's etc. They have plans on ordering a bunch of F-35's but technology, costs and unmanned aircraft are quickly changing the concept of modern warfare.
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