Naval Air: Russian Cruise Missiles Aimed At Norway

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October 15, 2007: So far this year, Norwegian Air Force F-16s have had to scramble 29 times to intercept Russian heavy bombers headed for Norwegian air space. There have been at least as many Russian bombers that did not warrant an F-16 intercept. One of the Tu-22 bombers was carrying a cruise missile, and several of the bombers appeared to be practicing maneuvers carried out prior to firing a cruise missile. During the Cold War, Russian Navy bombers frequently practiced such maneuvers, which were meant for any American warships that might threaten Soviet naval bases in the event of a war, as well as Norwegian air bases near the Russian border.

In the 1990s, the Russian navy halted nearly all of these training flights. But in the last seven years, the flights have gradually resumed, and are now at Cold War levels.

 


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