Tu-95 Bear strategic bombers
Tue Sep 9, 2014 4:41AM GMT
American defense officials say two Russian strategic bombers reportedly conducted practice cruise missile strikes on the US during a training mission.
Washington Free Beacon reported on Monday the Tu-95 Bear bombers were tracked last week flying a route across the northern Atlantic near Iceland, Greenland, and Canada’s northeast.
The incident happened at the same time that world leaders participated at the NATO summit in Wales, according to the report.
The unnamed officials familiar with intelligence reports said analysis of the flight indicated the “jets were conducting practice runs to a pre-determined “launch box”—an optimum point for firing nuclear-armed cruise missiles at US targets,” the report said.
A spokesman for the US Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command declined…
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