Officials believe that this enhanced Russian flight activity could be a response to the Trump administration‘s strike conducted against Shayrat Airbase, Syria.
As we have recently explained Tu-95 Bear strategic bombers has already performed flights near Alaska in late April.
Noteworthy over a four-day stretch in April, Russian bombers and reconnaissance planes flew four missions near U.S. airspace, the longest stretch of consecutive missions since 2014.
Officials believe that this enhanced Russian flight activity could be a response to the Trump administration‘s strike conducted against Shayrat Airbase, Syria, on Apr. 7, 2017 by means of 59 BGM-109 Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAMs). Russia in fact is Syria’s closest ally and strongly condemned the attack.
Another reason behind these flights could be that, since Russian long-range bombers have been out of service for about two years to fix severe maintenance issues, their aircrews are now training to do what they’re supposed to do.
However the Russian combat planes were unarmed and did not violate U.S. air space.
According to Fox News, another interception took place the next day.
This article by Gabriele Barison originally appeared on The Aviation Geek Club in 2017.