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Old 2nd Oct 2007, 21:28
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As part of START/SORT the deployment of heavy strategic bombers is pre-announced by the Russians. For example if they forward deploy a heavy strategic bomber to say an Arctic operating base then they announce their intentions. It was all part of the deconfliction measures. Nobody wanted any mistakes to be made in regards to intentions involving such assets.

Of course the Russians don't have to announce their intentions with Tu-142s Bear F/Js. Possibly the good General might be appealing for all such out of area flights to be announced by the Russians to avoid confusion? Certainly the movements of Tu-22M Backfires don't have to be reported under treaty conditions, but they are detected flying to the extent of their ranges to Norwegian/Greenland seas. The Backfires could also fly missions into the Artic Ocean/Bering Sea and appear on U.S. radars and not need to be pre-announced.


A Pentagon spokeswoman stated

'She said that the flights were not provocative; unlike in Cold War years, the bombers made no dash toward US airspace, only to turn away at the last minute. Russian aviation authorities had been “completely transparent” about the activity, filing flight plans and issuing notices about where the airplanes would be going and when.'


'Col. Alexander Drobyshevsky quoted Col.-Gen. Alexander Zelin, Air Force commander, as saying.
Bomber flights in international airspace are planned at least six months ahead, and we inform all countries concerned about them in advance," his aide quoted him as saying.'


'Colonel Alexander Drobyshevsky, head of the Air Force press service had told me earlier that long-range flights by Russian strategic bombers are planned six months in advance, and one month in advance Russia notifies foreign states that it will occupy specific air corridors over international waters.'

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