Although there have been no Russian missile sightings in Cuba (yet?), the new era cold war is definitely heating up. Scenes that were once common place in the 60’s and 70’s are once again raising their ugly heads. Many of us have heard the term ‘saber rattling’ when two countries posture to show off their military might, but when those countries are nuclear armed super powers like the USA and Russia, the stakes become much higher than normal and the citizens of each country start to feel an uneasiness that has not been this thick in the air in a long time.
How did this all start? You have to look no further than the Russian involvement in Ukraine. With the annexation of the Crimean Peninsula in 2014, the Russians have shown a blatant disregard and disrespect for another nation’s sovereignty if they feel their national interests are at risk. The world got its first glimpse of this in 2008, in Georgia, and it continues today with Russia’s backing of the Pro-Russian rebels in Eastern Ukraine. Even the crippling economic sanctions that were placed on Russia as a result of their recent territorial gains have not seemed to dampen the Russian resolve; in fact, it may have even made them more determined to chase what they consider to be the rebuilding of the old Soviet empire.
What has that led to? The types of military encounters in the skies, the likes of which have not been seen in decades, are once again common place and it leaves one wondering when this can lead to an incident such as the old Cuban Missile crisis that puts the whole world on edge. It’s scary when nuclear armed nations like the USA and Russia are so far apart in their apparent visions, aspirations and views on how each other should act in the modern day world.
The US Intelligence Community probably sensed something big was coming from the Russians in 2014. That was when some of the old cold war era tactics starting coming back prominently into the fold. Incidents such as Russian bomber and fighter aircraft’s close incursions to the US airspace, and other allied nations airspace, started to rise sharply again. The number of intercepts of Russian aircraft by US forces doubled from 2013 to 2014.
Just recently, a group of Russian ‘Bear’ bombers and Mig-31 ‘Foxbat 2’ Aircraft were intercepted off the coast of Alaska by USAF F-22 jets that were scrambled from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska. The Russian planes never identified themselves and were flying with their transponders turned off.
The arctic is not the only place that these scenarios have played out either. In February, the RAF intercepted bombers, not once but twice, close to British airspace in a matter of a few weeks. The first incident was when two Russian ‘Bear’ bombers were flying without their transponders on over the English Channel.
In 2014, the number of intercepts of Russian Aircraft over Europe more than tripled. It’s a dangerous game of posturing that is being carried out by the Russians, and the stakes appear to only be getting higher as tensions continue to rise between Russia and the West.
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