February 21, 2013

Russian Nuclear Bombers Intercepted by Guam

February 17, 2013

A Russian officer takes a picture of a Tu-95 bomber at a military airbase in Engels, roughly 559 miles south of Moscow. Reuters via Timothy W. Coleman

Two Russian Tu-95 Bear-H strategic bombers outfitted with nuclear-tipped cruise missiles were intercepted and shadowed by U.S. fighter jets on February 12. US F-15s were scrambled when the Russian planes were detected flying in the vicinity of Guam. The incident illustrates increasing tensions between the United States and Russia, especially since Guam is a strategic U.S. military base in the region and is a critical part of the U.S. ‘pivot’ to the Asia-Pacific.

“It shows that the Russians, like the Chinese, are not just going to sit idly by and watch the United States ‘pivot’ or ‘rebalance’ its forces toward Asia,” said former State Department security official and LIGNET’s Deputy Editor Mark Groombridge.

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