Sending Tu-22M3 in Crimea is Russia’s response to deployment of missile defense in Romania


Russia’s air force is stationing a squadron of long-range, supersonic bombers to Crimea with the option of eventually sending an entire regiment to the peninsula in response to Eastern European NATO allies’ reinforcement plans, according to Russian independent news agency Interfax.
Poland and Romania have agreed to host U.S.-missiles on their territory as part of a missile shield designed to protect NATO allies from potential attacks. Last month a representative of Russia’s Security Council, the state defence advisory body, issued an implicit threat to the two countries saying they had turned themselves into “targets” for Russia’s military.
Russia has previously threatened to redeploy more servicemen, tanks and artillery to its western borders, if the U.S. decides to store more military vehicles in Poland and the Baltic countries.

Development of PAK DA bomber moved from preliminary design stage to research and development work



Russian defense industry has already started research and development work (R&D) in the network of PAK DA project (next-generation strategic bomber), RIA Novosti reports with reference to Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Military-Industrial Commission of Russia, Oleg Bochkarev.

«Today another step is being taken in the area of strategic aviation. The goal has been set and development of new aircraft is underway. Research and development work is in progress,» Bochkarev said.

According to Commander-in-Chief of the Russian air forces, Lieutenant General Viktor Bondarev, deliveries of PAK DA to Russian armed forces will be started in 2023. Earlier another date was announced — 2020. It will be a subsonic bomber and it will be able to carry out missions, which are being carried out by three aircraft types – Tu-160, Tu-95MS and Tu-22M3.

Unofficially, PAK DA may be fitted with hypersonic weapons. Presumably, the new bomber will have a high combat power and it will be able to penetrate the advanced air defenses.

Putin made decision to revive production of Tu-160M strategic bomber — Air Force commander

Russia’s Air Force will purchase at least 50 Tu-160M strategic bombersTupolev Tu-160 strategic bomber

Tupolev Tu-160 strategic bomber

ASHULUK RANGE/Astrakhan region/, May 28. /TASS/. Russia’s Air Force will purchase at least 50 Tu-160M strategic bombers, Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Air Force, Gen.Viktor Bondarev said on Thursday.

“The supreme commander [president of Russia – TASS] and the Russian defense minister have taken a decision on reviving production of the Tu-160M aircraft [NATO reporting name: Blackjack],” he stressed.

The industry “has confirmed its possibilities” on restarting the production of these bombers, he said.

“The production of the aircraft will be restarted. To cover all the outlay of the production, at least 50 aircraft will be purchased in course of time,” Bondarev said.

The decision on reviving the production of Tu-160 M will not hamper the creation of a new strategic bomber dubbed PAK DA (prospective aviation complex of long-range aviation).

The reproduction of this model will be carried out simultaneously with the development of the new one, Bondarev said.

Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu ordered to study the issue of resuming the production of Tupolev Tu-160 supersonic strategic bombers at the Kazan aviation plant in the Volga Republic of Tatarstan in late April. There are currently around 15 Tu-160s in service that are undergoing modernization due to be completed in 2019.

The Tu-160 bomber is “a unique plane that has been several decades abreast of time and has not used its constructive possibilities to the full extent until now,” the Russian defense minister said.

“No one has devised a better plane in the supersonic category up to date,” Shoigu said.

Russia is currently developing a new strategic bomber dubbed PAK DA (prospective aviation complex of long-range aviation). The new bomber is expected to make its first flight in 2019 and become operational in the Russian Air Force approximately in 2023-2025.

Kazan Aviation Plant

The Kazan Aviation Plant, founded in 1927, is a subsidiary of JSC Tupolev. It currently manufactures special purpose aircraft on the basis of Tu-214, as well as repairs and modernises bombers. In addition, the company manufactures and supplies components and assemblies within the framework of cooperation with other plants of the United Aircraft Corporation. In particular, the Kazan plant is preparing for the production of wings and tail assembly for the IL-476 planes.

Moscow to NORAD Head: Yes, We Can Contain Your Missiles Better Now. Sorry.

This Thursday, Sept. 28, 2006 file photo provided by the U.S. Air Force shows an F-15C Eagle from the 12th Fighter Squadron at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska, flying next to a Russian Tu-95 Bear bomber, right, during a Russian exercise which brought the bomber near the west coast of Alaska

Moscow has said it fully understands US concerns over Russia’s growing military deterrence capabilities, and treats them with compassion.

The Russian Deputy Prime Minister in charge of the defense industry, Dmitry Rogozin, has answered US concerns over Russia’s growing military deterrence capabilities.

“I am very sympathetic. And I fully understand you!” the politician wrote in his microblog on Twitter.

His response was a reaction to the concerns voiced by the commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) over Russia’s growing military potential; America’s long-time missile defense arch-rival has been intensifying its military deterrence capabilities.

Adm. William Gortney told the Senate Armed Services Committee in written testimony on Thursday that Russian heavy bombers had flown more out-of-area patrols in 2014 than in any year since the Cold War.

“We have also witnessed improved interoperability between Russian long-range aviation and other elements of the Russian military, including air and maritime intelligence collection platforms positioned to monitor NORAD responses.”


This is giving the Kremlin “deterrent” options “short of the nuclear threshold,” Gortney said.”Should these trends continue over time, NORAD will face increased risk in our ability to defend North America against Russian air, maritime and cruise missile threats,” he noted.

The anxiety remains that the Russian deployments of aircraft and ships into Crimea and the Kaliningrad region could give Moscow a platform for the deployment of weapons that concern the US.

“They can range critical infrastructure in Alaska and in Canada that we rely on for a homeland defense mission,” Gortney told senators, explaining the reach of the long-range Russian cruise missiles.


The maiden flight of the next-generation PAK DA bomber is scheduled for 2019


The next-generation PAK DA bomber will perform its maiden flight in 2019, the program is on schedule, Commander-in-Chief of the Russian air forces, Colonel General Viktor Bondarev, said, Interfax reports.

“The program for development of PAK DA is on schedule, there are no delays. The jet’s maiden flight is scheduled for 2019, the next stages are testing and mass production,” Bondarev said.

He reminded that Tupolev Company is developing PAK DA in cooperation with Kazan Aviation Plant named after S.P. Gorbunov (KAPO).

Russian Tu-95MC Bombers Flying Over Atlantic Are Unarmed

Tu-95MS strategic bomber

Source in the Russian Defense Ministry stated that military aircraft conducting flights over neutral waters are unarmed.


MOSCOW, February 2 (Sputnik) Russian military aircraft conducting flights over neutral waters are unarmed, a source in the Russian Defense Ministry told RIA Novosti on Monday.Britain’s The Daily Express earlier reported that one of two Russian Tu-95MC Bear bombers was armed with at least one nuclear warhead missile while flying over neutral waters above the Atlantic.

“We fly without weapons. This is some sort of disinformation, again we are being provoked,” the source said.

On January 29, a Russian Air Force spokesman, Col. Igor Klimov, told RIA Novosti that the two Russian Tu-95MC strategic bombers, spotted near the UK airspace, were carrying out a planned 19-hour patrol flight over neutral waters.

British media suggested that UK authorities had summoned the Russian ambassador over the issue, as, according to the country’s Foreign Office spokesperson, “the Russian planes caused disruption to civil aviation.”

Klimov stressed that the flight was conducted in compliance with international regulations on the use of airspace over neutral waters and did not cross over any country’s sovereign borders.

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Head of Pentagon confirms US developing new long range strategic bomber

January 14,
Pentagon officials want to start replacing the existing models with a new long-range stealth plane by the mid-2020’s

A B-2 Spirit stealth bomber

A B-2 Spirit stealth bomber


WASHINGTON, January 14. /TASS/. The US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel says the US needs to create a new generation strategic bomber to increase the country’s deterrence potential. Hagel flew to Whiteman Air Force Base where 20 B-2 bombers are deployed. The B-2 bomber is considered the only long-range nuclear-capable bomber using stealth technology. The US Air Force long-range bomber fleet also incudes B-52 and B-1 bombers.

Pentagon officials want to start replacing the existing models with a new long-range stealth plane by the mid 2020’s. The B-2 domber will be deployed by the mid-2040’s. Such companies as Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman are currently working to develop the new bomber.