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World Crisis scenarios for the 21st century – Nuclear War (update 3)

Posted by Adrian on August 10, 2007

A recent US scramble against two Tu – 95 long range Russian bombers. Prompts memories from the last cold war.

A spokesman for the Pentagon confirmed that the Tu-95s were spotted heading to Guam, adding that US fighter readied themselves to repel them.

“We prepared to intercept the bombers but they did not come close enough to a US Navy ship or to the island of Guam to warrant an air-to-air intercept,” the spokesman said.  During the Cold War, Soviet bombers regularly flew long-haul missions to areas patrolled by Nato and the US. The bombers have the capability of launching a nuclear strike with the missiles they carry.”

BBC News – Europe: Russia sparks Cold War scramble

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