Russian nuclear bombers spotted near North Korea – fighters scrambled to intercept

Monday, October 30, 2017
By Paul Martin

RUSSIAN bombers were spotted on a mission between North Korea and Japan amid heightened nuclear war tensions in the Pacific.

By Henry Holloway
30th October 2017

Two of Vladimir Putin’s nuclear capable Tu-95 “Bears” were detected flying over the Sea of Japan.

Fighter jets from Tokyo’s JASDF were scrambled to intercept the two planes as they turned to circle Japan’s northern-most island of Hokkaido.

The Japanese defence ministry confirmed the arrival of the warplanes, which left the Pacific without entering their air space.

Russia’s warplanes flew over just days after the US dispatched a nuclear B-2 bomber over the Pacific.

Earlier this year, Putin’s bombers buzzed buzzed Japan twice in what was described as a “clear message” to the White House.

Tu-95s – dubbed by NATO as “Bears” – are four engined propellor aircraft designed for long-range strategic bombing runs.

The planes can carry up to 16.5 tons worth of bombs and has been is service since the height of the Cold War.

They can fly at 575mph at heights of up to 45,000ft – being crewed by seven men – and have nuclear bombs in their arsenal.

The show of force from Russia comes as tensions rage in the Asia-Pacific amid a war of words between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un.

Russia has called for calm in the region – along with China – as both sides threaten the other with annihilation.

US forces have been packing into the region as the world awaits the arrival of Trump for a tour next week.

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