U.S. fighter jets were forced to scramble 16 times since June when Russian nuclear bombers penetrated U.S. airspace near the California and Canada coasts.
While semi-retired U.S. President Barack Obama plays golf and attends hundreds of Democratic fundraisers, Russian nuclear bombers repeatedly stray into U.S. airspace.
It appears that Russian President Vladimir is not respectful of President Obama or the U.S. military.
American defense officials assure Americans that the Russian flights are part of a training exercise. But a defense official told The Washington Free Beacon that the Russian bombers “[appear to be] trying to test our air defense reactions, or our command and control systems. These are not just training missions.”
From Yahoo News:
Major Beth Smith, of the U.S. Northern Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), has said “Over the past week, NORAD has visually identified Russian aircraft operating in and around the U.S. air defense identification zones.” There have been about 16 Russian forays in the Alaskan and north Canadian area in the last 10 days.
It is not entirely uncommon to see Russian planes in this airspace, however, the increased number of such planes seems to be triggering some concern amongst the aviation military community, particularly given the increased tension in Ukraine. Smith referred to this number of forays as “a spike in activity.”
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An earlier version of this post was edited to clarify that the jets were intercepted near the California and Canada coasts