Russia Flies Nuclear-Capable Super-Fast Tu-160 Bombers Over Arctic

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RUSSIA THREAT – Days before the U.S. made its first ever deployment of four B-1B Lancer supersonic bombers to Norway, which I described earlier, two even faster Russian Tu-160 Blackjack bombers flew a 12-hour mission over the Barents, Greenland, and Norwegian seas. The Blackjacks from the Russian Aerospace Forces are reportedly based at Engels Air Force Base near Saratov in southwestern Russia.

From Engels the bombers have to fly north to enter international air space without violating other nations’ borders.

A tweet in Russian by @galandecZP showed a map with the flight path and photos of the aircraft involved.

According to thebarentsobserver:

The strategic bombers flew out to the Barents Sea from the Kola Peninsula before the route continued further north and west outside Norway. Then, according to the Twitter user “Hunters Note”, who tracks military aviation signals, the aircraft flew west in the Greenland Sea near Jan Mayen before heading north of Svalbard, across Franz Josef Land towards Novaya Zemlya where another pair of MiG-31 from Rogachevo Air Base escorted the strategic bombers over the Kara Sea en route south. 

The Russian Ministry of Defense released a video of the flight earlier in the month. According to the Defense Ministry website: “Fighter escort was provided by the crews of the naval aviation of the Northern Fleet.”

The Russians planes were tracked by NATO and intercepted by two Norwegian F-16 fighters on Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) based at Bodø Air Base. Their bomber mission occurred on the same day as the major Norwegian defense exercise Arctic Hawk 21, which involved all of the country’s military branches: Navy, Army, Home Guard, Air Force and Cyber Defense.

A spokesperson from Norway’s Joint Headquarters told thebarentsobserver: “Our QRA F-16s were scrambled. They identified the Russian aircraft in international airspace up north. This is normal procedures.”

Unlike to conventionally armed US B-1Bs now in Norway, the Russian Blackjacks are nuclear-capable.

The Tu-160 was the last strategic bomber designed by the Soviet Union, entering service in 1987 and designed to compete with the U.S. B-1 bomber. The latest model is the Tu-160M which was delivered after being thoroughly upgraded, in 2014.

The Blackjack is reportedly the largest and heaviest combat aircraft, the fastest bomber in use capable of hitting well over Mach 2 (1,535 mph), and the largest and heaviest variable-sweep wing airplane, ever flown.

According to airforce-technology.com, the jet holds 44 world records. It can carry nuclear and conventional weapons including long-range nuclear missiles. The missiles are accommodated on multi-station launchers in each of the two weapons bays.

The Russians are also reportedly considering arming the Blackjacks with Kh-47M2 Kinzhal (‘Dagger’) nuclear-capable hypersonic missiles with an estimated range of 1,200 miles and a speed of up to Mach 10. This would make the jets even deadlier.

Paul Crespo

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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John
John
2 months ago

And what is our country doing? Wasting money on bogus impeachments and welfare for illegals

Atil Hun
Atil Hun
2 months ago

May be they should do it over DC and drop one

Myron J. Poltroonian
Myron J. Poltroonian
2 months ago
Reply to  Atil Hun

“Collusion with ‘Russia, Russia, Russia”!”

YO VINNIE
YO VINNIE
2 months ago



According to airforce-technology.com, the jet holds 44 world records. It can carry nuclear and conventional weapons including long-range nuclear missiles. The missiles are accommodated on multi-station launchers in each of the two weapons bays.

And what is lie-den doing with our military? Transgender education and brainwashing in our Navy? Make sure all of the fringe loons are well accommodated in our military forces.

RICHARD S GIESER
RICHARD S GIESER
2 months ago
Reply to  YO VINNIE

True, Yo. It doesn’t scare the Russians but it damn well scares me.

Robo
Robo
2 months ago

Biden answered, ” com on man, we wen over the tunnel to eat under the you know, the thing, and he is not guilty, therefore it doesn’t reach,come on man.

Richard Hennessy
Richard Hennessy
2 months ago

Our adversaries view Biden as a weak President, because he is. They’re sending a message that they think he’s out of his league, having never held a management position that required him to make important decisions.

Anti left
Anti left
2 months ago

You’ve head the term “poking the bear with a stick” this is the bear poking Biden to see if he is awake.

Anti left
Anti left
2 months ago

Where is the bill to change the name of Washington Distric of Columbia. The cancel culture has missed their make they both were slave owners, I think is should just be Capital City of Americia

R.B. Blackstone
R.B. Blackstone
2 months ago
Reply to  Anti left

Under Biden/ Harris DC will have to be renamed “Beijing East”, since they are both bought and paid for by China CCP.

RICHARD S GIESER
RICHARD S GIESER
2 months ago

Add “Forbidden City” to that as well.

vietvet
vietvet
2 months ago

Forbidden to American tax payers by The Pilosi Curtain

Bruce S
Bruce S
2 months ago

That fence is the internment camps of DC you vote democrat, or you will never be seen again.

mojo
mojo
2 months ago

PRESIDENT TRUMP was rebuilding our military so we would not be vulnerable to attacks from russia and china.
Now we are susceptible to all foreign attacks, all American men, women and their children will pay the price for obama, biden, and democrats greed and treasonous decisions.
WAKE UP AMERICA WE ARE NOW PAST THE NOON HOUR THANKS TO obama, biden and democrats.
Have you been saved, if not Now is the time to ask ‘GOD’ for salvation.
PREPARE TO MEET THY “GOD”

Roger Buggle
Roger Buggle
2 months ago

So now America has ‘The Grub’ sitting in the Oval Office! Once again as in times of the Spear Chucker the world laughs that the United States is no longer a superior nation! In order to get The Grub’s attention out of the WH basement I agree with Atil Hun this way We The People don’t have to pay for Jan. 6th obstruction!

And what is the figure to keep 20,000 plus troops guarding The Grub and weak Congress?
I’m sure we al saw the fat belly’s running through the halls on Jan. 6th. More donuts please we have to look like Jerry Nadler. Talk about a waste of money to pay inept, demented, Democrats $175,000 per year to fill up there Do Nothing Kill America butts!

China & Russia see the weakness. Who will be your next door neighbor Chinese or Russian???

TexasTough
TexasTough
2 months ago

Joe Biden offered the pilots cookies and milk if they stop by his basement& say hello

Hopiter
Hopiter
2 months ago

This confirms the international, American hater countries, see Biden as a very weak President. Russia has always nipped at Artic borders and often flown deep into Alaska territory. I’ve seen Migs fly low over tree tops following the Chena River just stones throw from Fairbanks. We’ve scrambled jets from Eilson and Elmendorf air bases several times since elections. This an increase in their cat and mouse air games.

tractor man
tractor man
2 months ago

Too bad that Europe has surrendered their sovereignty to Russia in exchange for oil/gas. They have no upper hand in anything Russia chooses to do. At the very least, Russia should have to reimburse NATO for the military response flights.

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