Russian Fighter Jets From Kaliningrad Scramble To Escort B-52 and B-1B Lancer bombers over the Baltic Sea

ECHOES OF THE COLD WAR

Incredible moment Russian fighter jets

intercept US B-52 bombers in dramatic

incident over the Baltic Sea

 

Russia said the SU-27 took off from an airbase in its European enclave of Kaliningrad

US Air Force has released dramatic images showing a Russian warplanes which had been scrambled to intercept American B52 bombers.

SU-27s were deployed to head off US B-52 and B-1B Lancer bombers over the Baltic Sea capable of carrying a nuclear weapons.

A US long-range, subsonic, jet-powered strategic bomber, the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, left, being shadowed by a Russian twin-engine fighter aircraft Su-27, right, during the BALTOPS 2017 exercises over the Baltic Sea

EPA  A US long-range, subsonic, jet-powered strategic bomber, the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, left, being shadowed by a Russian twin-engine fighter aircraft Su-27, right, during the BALTOPS 2017 exercises over the Baltic Sea

Russian air defence systems detected the US bomber on Tuesday but the extraordinary images have just been released.

Russia said the SU-27 took off from its Baltic Fleet air defence unit, which is based in the European enclave of Kaliningrad.

The US military said its aircraft was in international airspace and declined immediate comment on the Russian plane’s actions.

A US Air Force B-1B Lancer bomber, left, from the 28th Bomb Wing is intercepted by a Russian Su-27 Flanker fighter aircraft during exercise BALTOPS near Russian airspace

Photoshot   A US Air Force B-1B Lancer bomber, left, from the 28th Bomb Wing is intercepted by a Russian Su-27 Flanker fighter aircraft during exercise BALTOPS near Russian airspace

Air Force spokesman Colonel Patrick Ryder said: “We can confirm that the U.S. Air Force B-52 was operating in international airspace but we don’t have any information to provide at this time regarding the behaviour of Russian aircraft.”

NATO members such as Britain regularly report scrambling jets to intercept Russian nuclear-capable bombers flying close to their air space.

It is less common for Russia to report using its fighters for the same reason.

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