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Norway Russia plane ID revealed nuclear weapons payload. Norwegian fighter jets identified the Russian aircraft which were carrying at least one nuclear missile, reports say. F-16 pilots in the two Norwegian Air Force aircraft observed six Russian planes outside Norwegian airspace off the coast of Finnmark County, Wednesday. The Russian aircraft spotted were two TU-95 Bear strategic long-range bombers, two IL-78 tankers, and two MiG-31 fighter jets. They were flying a southerly route.

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Norway Russia plane ID revealed nuclear weapons payload

Published on Tuesday, 3rd February, 2015 at 14:42 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock.
Last Updated on 3rd February 2015 at 15:17.

Norwegian fighter jets identified the Russian aircraft which were carrying at least one nuclear missile, reports say.

A Tupolev TU-95 Bear
Weapons this plane type can carry include nuclear missiles capabale of destroying Trident submarines.A Tupolev TU-95 Bear
Photo: Royal Norwegian Air Force


F-16 pilots in the two Norwegian Air Force aircraft observed six Russian planes outside Norwegian airspace off the coast of Finnmark County, Wednesday.

The Russian aircraft spotted were two TU-95 Bear strategic long-range bombers, two IL-78 tankers, and two MiG-31 fighter jets. They were flying a southerly route.

A press spokesperson tells The Foreigner they identified these using fighter jets out of northern Norway’s Bodø airbase.  The military did not wish to comment further.

It was a Norwegian military listening post that picked up cockpit conversations confirming the nuclear payload aboard.

Britain’s the Sunday Express also reported that sources within the [UK] Ministry of Defence said that one of the two long-range bombers was carrying at least one air-dropped ‘seek and find’ nuclear warhead-carrying missile.

The weapon that the TU-95 had was not armed, and the accompanying bomber was reportedly acting as a “mothership” to oversee the military exercise.

RAF Typhoon fighters from RAF Lossiemouth and RAF Coningsby were scrambled, intercepting the TU-95s over the English Channel.

This occurred after personnel “downloaded conversations from the crew of one plane who used a special word which meant the would-be attack was a training exercise.”

"They [the Russians] know that we can pick up their transmissions and it would only be of concern if the often used release weapon order was changed. We also knew from another source that one of the aircraft was carrying a nuclear weapon long before it came anywhere near UK airspace,” and RAF spokesperson said.

According to one of the Control and Reporting Centre’s Master Controllers, they were able to “begin mission planning early and therefore were ready to act in good time” thanks to their integration with air defence systems across NATO.

“Once ordered to by the NATO Combined Air Operations Centre in Germany, Typhoon Quick Reaction Alert fighters were scrambled from RAF Lossiemouth to intercept and identify the aircraft. Integration with our colleagues in the Royal Navy provided additional surveillance coverage and added value to the mission.”

The Foreign Office has told the BBC that the Russian aircraft were flying near UK airspace and caused “disruption to civil aviation”.

Alexander Yakovenko, Russia’s Ambassador to Britain, met with British officials to discuss the incident, the Russian Embassy said.

Media sources in Russia RIA Novosti and Interfax report that the country’s military officials have denied that the TU-95 was carrying a nuclear weapon aboard.

Last year, two Norwegian F-16 fighter jets had identified Russian aircraft flying over the Norwegian and North Seas.

In a separate incident, one Norwegian Air Force pilot had to take evasive action to avoid a near miss with a Russian MiG-31 fighter jet.

Facts

  • The Tupolev TU-95 was originally designed as a strategic and heavy-payload bomber aircraft.
  • The TU-95 Bear has a maximum speed of 650 km/h (some 405 mph).
  • Unrefueled combat radius of 6,400 km (almost 3,977 mi).
    In-flight refueling gives the aircraft a combat radius of 8,200 km (about 5,095 mi).
  • Equipment includes navigation, bombing, gunfire control, and weather radars.


Published on Tuesday, 3rd February, 2015 at 14:42 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock.
Last updated on 3rd February 2015 at 15:17.

This post has the following tags: nuclear, russia, norway.





  
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