(Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters) Russia is using its long-range bomber fleet to “message” the US about Moscow’s international military capabilities, the US general in charge of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) said.
Defense News reports Adm. Bill Gortney told reporters on April 7 that Russian long-range bombers are increasingly flying close to the US in order to send a message to the US and make Russian presence felt.
The number of Russian bomber run incidents has steadily increased since a flare up in Russian-US tensions after Moscow’s annexation of Crimea in March 2014.
“They are messaging us. They are messaging us that they are a global power,” Gortney said, while noting that the US does “the same sort of thing” to Russia in Europe.
FULL STORY HERE:
UPDATED 4/13/15 VIA FOX NEWS:
The U.S. has said it will protest what it called the “unsafe and unprofessional” intercept of an American reconnaissance plane by Russian fighter jet over the Baltic Sea last week.
Pentagon spokesman Mark Wright said Sunday said the U.S. was filing a complaint to Russia after the April 7 incident. Russian officials have denied their pilot did anything wrong, according to several news reports.
According to the Pentagon, the U.S. RC-135U plane was flying in international airspace north of Poland. U.S. officials say a Russian SU-27 fighter intercepted the U.S. aircraft at a high rate of speed from the rear, and then proceeded to conduct two more passes using “unsafe and unprofessional maneuvers” in close proximity. The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that the Russian fighter may have come as close as 20 feet to the U.S. plane, though data from the incident is still being examined.
“Unprofessional air intercepts have the potential to cause harm to all aircrews involved. More importantly, the careless actions of a single pilot have the potential to escalate tensions between countries,” Wright said.
FULL STORY CONTINUES HERE AT FOX NEWS
NORAD Commander: Russian bombers “messaging” U.S.
William Evans “Bill” Gortney (born September 25, 1955) is a United States Navy admiral who currently serves as the sixth commander of U.S. Northern Command and the 23rd commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command. He previously served as the Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command from September 14, 2012 to December 2014 and Director of the Joint Staff from July 1, 2010 to August 2012. Prior to that, he served as Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/5th Fleet. He assumed his current assignment on December 5, 2014.