UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The Russian Defense Ministry has broadcast the video of the escort of a US strategic bomber B-5 at the border by two Russian fighter planes. The images taken from one of them reveal the details of the American bomber capable of carrying nuclear bombs.
A video of the US Strategic Bomber B-52 Stratofortress accompanying two SU-27 Russian fighter jets was posted by the Russian Defense Ministry on Thursday (March 21st).
The aircraft was spotted over the waters of the Baltic Sea, a significant distance from the Russian border, on March 20. “Two SU-27 fighter aircraft from the air defense service were mobilized to identify and accompany the bomber,” the military said.
The two Russian aircraft, which took off from the Kaliningrad aerodrome , approached the bomber, detecting its origin, registration number and other details.
Photos were taken on board. A container can be distinguished for the AN / AAQ-33 Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod (ATP) laser nacelle designed to hold precision weapons under the bomber’s right wing. The plane was loaded with several bombs.
Фото бомбардировщика США B-52, сделанные пилотом российского истребителя над Балтийским морем. Фото @voenvz pic.twitter.com/nPu4C4fEsm
— Ivan O'Gilvi (@o_gilvi) March 21, 2019
As soon as the bomber made a U-turn to the west, the SU-27s returned to their original aerodrome.
On March 15, another US strategic bomber approached the Russian border, at a distance of 150 km. The aircraft was in the area of Russian DCA action for a few minutes, after which he flew to an air base on British soil.
In recent times, foreign spy planes, especially American planes, are more and more often seen around Russian borders. During the year 2018, the Russian military recorded and escorted 980,000 aircraft, including 3,000 foreign fighter aircraft and spy planes.
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