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British and French military jets scrambled to the North Sea amid reports of Russian bombers flying close to Britain

 
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British and French military jets scrambled to the North Sea amid reports of Russian bombers flying close to Britain
British and French military aircraft were scrambled to the North Sea today amid reports Russian planes were approaching UK airspace.. It is thought the aircraft may have been supporting Typhoon fighter jets patrolling UK airspace, although the Ministry of Defence has declined to confirm this.

A security source told the Reuters news agency that a French fighter and support planes were also sent up to investigate 'suspected Russian fighter aircraft'.

Security sites in Moscow meanwhile reported a group of up to eight Russian planes flying towards Britain from the Barents Sea...

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09/20/2018 01:02 PM
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couldn't fucking care if the ENTIRE FUCKING RUSSIAN AIRFORCE was "flying close" to british air borders

THEY AREN'T OVER IT

once inch over it and i would shoot it down

AS WELL AS ANYONE ELSES!
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09/20/2018 01:11 PM

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Re: British and French military jets scrambled to the North Sea amid reports of Russian bombers flying close to Britain
Just paint arrows on the ground pointing to Mr. Part and parcel's residence and the Ruskis can sort things out for you.
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Re: British and French military jets scrambled to the North Sea amid reports of Russian bombers flying close to Britain
Does anyone know why the Russians keep doing this? Its been going on a long time and their Navy is at it as well. Also are the British Government doing the same to Russia and are not telling us???
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Re: British and French military jets scrambled to the North Sea amid reports of Russian bombers flying close to Britain
Does anyone know why the Russians keep doing this? Its been going on a long time and their Navy is at it as well. Also are the British Government doing the same to Russia and are not telling us???
 Quoting: Slightly Disgruntled


It's common for one or two Russians to buzz the airspace, but not eight bombers - and I can't recall the French joining in before.
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09/20/2018 01:42 PM
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5* Tess, to cancel out that pesky 1* bandit. I'd say things are heating up, but truthfully it's red fucking hot these days and we all know it...

Good catch.

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There more than welcome to remove all those fuckers that have fucked us over for the last 20+ years...
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Re: British and French military jets scrambled to the North Sea amid reports of Russian bombers flying close to Britain
Does anyone know why the Russians keep doing this? Its been going on a long time and their Navy is at it as well. Also are the British Government doing the same to Russia and are not telling us???
 Quoting: Slightly Disgruntled


It's common for one or two Russians to buzz the airspace, but not eight bombers - and I can't recall the French joining in before.
 Quoting: Tess.


Thank you for the reply Tess.
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09/20/2018 02:33 PM
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The Russians do this regularly to breed complacency. One day when they release the air launched nuclear cruise missiles, it will never be noticed until its too late.
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Re: British and French military jets scrambled to the North Sea amid reports of Russian bombers flying close to Britain
The UK's total air capacity consists of 879 aircraft, with 91 fighters, 168 fixed-wing attack aircraft, 348 helicopters, with 337 aircraft for transport, and 330 for training.

Russia has 3,547 aircraft, with 751 fighters, 1,438 fixed-wing attack aircraft, 1,237 helicopters, with 1,124 and 370 transport and trainer aircraft.

Of this total, Russia is listed as having 70 million people available for military service from their population base, with 47 million who are deemed fit for service; 766,055 are active frontline personnel and 2.5 million are in reserve.

By contrast, the UK has 150,000 frontline and 82,000 reserve personnel from a manpower stock of 30 million and a total population base of 64 million - Globalfirepower ranks the UK sixth in its list of military powers.

Britain: Tanks: 407; Armoured Fighting Vehicles: 5,948; Self-Propelled Guns: 89; Towed-Artillery: 138; Multiple-Launch Rocket Systems (MLRSs): 42

Russia: Tanks: 15,398; AFVs: 31,298; SPGs: 5,972; Towed-Artillery: 4,625; MLRSs: 3,793

Russia stacks up with a total naval strength of 352 craft, including 1 Aircraft Carrier, 4 Frigates, 15 Destroyers, 31 Corvettes, 60 subs, 14 coastal defence craft, and 45 mine warfare craft.

Britain has a total fleet of 76 craft, consisting of 13 frigates, 6 destroyers, 10 submarines, 18 coastal defence craft, and 15 craft for mine warfare. No aircraft carriers are currently in service, although one will be commissioned next year and another in 2020.

The UK's total air capacity consists of 879 aircraft, with 91 fighters, 168 fixed-wing attack aircraft, 348 helicopters, with 337 aircraft for transport, and 330 for training.

Russia has 3,547 aircraft, with 751 fighters, 1,438 fixed-wing attack aircraft, 1,237 helicopters, with 1,124 and 370 transport and trainer aircraft.

HERE IS THE BIT THAT DOESNT ADD UP, IN MY IGNORANCE OF ALL THIS, THIS NEXT BIT IS WHAT DOESNT ADD UP.

According to the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), Russia is the fourth biggest military spender in the world with a total 2015 annual budget of $66 billion (£51bn), while the UK is ranked fifth with a total budget of $56bn (or £43bn, to increase to £46bn over the course of 2016).

Russia has far more than the UK has, yet the UK spends almost as much. I know there is a logical and informed reason, but I am ignorant in this, and so I wonder why.

Last Edited by Slightly Disgruntled on 09/20/2018 02:43 PM
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Re: British and French military jets scrambled to the North Sea amid reports of Russian bombers flying close to Britain
Russia is ALLOWED to go into these international areas. They arent doing anything illegal.
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09/20/2018 02:55 PM
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Russia is ALLOWED to go into these international areas. They arent doing anything illegal.
 Quoting: Slightly Disgruntled


just like the US is allowed to go into international

waters in the south china sea right?
Slightly Disgruntled

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Re: British and French military jets scrambled to the North Sea amid reports of Russian bombers flying close to Britain
Russia is ALLOWED to go into these international areas. They arent doing anything illegal.
 Quoting: Slightly Disgruntled


just like the US is allowed to go into international

waters in the south china sea right?
 Quoting: jake


Well, I am ignorant of the regs on the South China Sea, but, if they are international waters I would speculate, yes, that US is allowed into those international waters.
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09/20/2018 04:18 PM
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B UMP for more info
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Yawn. These interceptions have been going on everyday for the past few years. It isn't really news at this point. Wake me up when NATO downs a Russian jet or vice versa.
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