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NutLoose 11th Dec 2018 12:16

Tu-160's visit Venezuela
It appears Russia are spreading their wings so to speak and the US is not amused.


racedo 11th Dec 2018 12:18

Think they visited in 2008 and 2013 based on reports.

dead_pan 11th Dec 2018 12:20

It may be totally unrelated, but didn't Venezuela miss a few of their oil payments-in-kind to Russia recently? Just sayin'...

Imagegear 11th Dec 2018 14:41

Wow - They look like serious pie preparation machines,

Why do so many Russian pilots appear rotund, is it perhaps mandated forced feeding for G tolerance purposes?


Tankertrashnav 12th Dec 2018 00:01

Maybe the Russians are less obsessed with body mass and more concerned with flying capability. These days in the RAF it seems if you arent built like a racing snake you get nagged into running every day. Glad I left before all this stuff got a hold

David Thompson 12th Dec 2018 00:43

Lossie launched two Typhoons on a QRA in response to the Russian aircraft with the Typhoons reported to be carrying the MBDA Meteor missile , story here ;
https://www.raf.mod.uk/news/articles...h-new-missile/ .

Wee Weasley Welshman 12th Dec 2018 12:31

Is Meteor particularly late into service?

Is there a notably good online resource giving details of its benefits?


NutLoose 12th Dec 2018 12:33


Lonewolf_50 12th Dec 2018 13:29

There was a time when people didn't lose their minds when a crew, or a section of aircraft, went on a cross country flight for training.
Here's an idea: training sortie, intercontinental flight for an aircraft that is built with that kind of range in mind.
And if a little political "show the flag" comes with it, bonus.
Maybe a little exercise with a military one has worked with before.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said it amounted to "two corrupt governments squandering public funds".
That's a bit rich, Mr Secretary. But for raw comic relief, check out the Madurite's hyperbole.

The latest visit comes just days after President Maduro met Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow. Venezuelan Defence Minister Vladimir Padrino said they were part of air force exercises with its Russian allies: "This we are going to do with our friends, because we have friends in the world who defend respectful, balanced relations."
You have oil, and you stink at developing your reserves because you eat your seed corn, Señor Moron.

"We are preparing to defend Venezuela to the last inch when necessary," the minister said in a reference to his government's frequent accusations that imperialist powers are trying to topple it.
Your government is in the process of destroying your country from within, and doing a brilliant job of it. Nobody outside need lift a finger.

It's almost like I am watching a sketch on Saturday Night Live, or listening to the Goon Show.

West Coast 12th Dec 2018 16:13

This isn't just training LW, it's politicians sending messages to one another.

NutLoose 12th Dec 2018 16:19

Yup, you put troops on my back door and I can reciprocate.

chopper2004 13th Dec 2018 00:35

Brave reporter lol

Una Due Tfc 13th Dec 2018 01:13

Fabulous looking machine though, and one hell of a technical achievement, greater range than a B52, greater payload and speed than a B-1. No wonder producing 30 odd of them contributed to bankrupting the Soviet Union.

dead_pan 13th Dec 2018 07:28

Love the Brass-Eye-esque RT report with the batshit graphics. Also impressed they're giving a group of fat o!d blokes a trip to Venezuela.

ORAC 13th Dec 2018 08:06

chopper2004 13th Dec 2018 10:27

Originally Posted by ORAC (Post 10334555)

Laughingly thought I was looking top down at an aircraft carrier with the angled runway lol


Tankertrashnav 13th Dec 2018 11:57

Also impressed they're giving a group of fat o!d blokes a trip to Venezuela.
Maybe the thin young thin blokes were all unfit to fly having incurred injuries playing sport, running etc in order to "get fit". Fortunately the old fat guys were just about able to roll out of the aircrew feeder and fly a sophisticated supersonic aircraft on a long range overseas deployment.

ORAC 13th Dec 2018 12:24

How the world changes. In my day the word used when discussing Russian technology was agricultural, not sophisticated.

(That didn’t mean it didn’t work - including their space programme. Just that they deliberately eschewed technology that might break where a simpler solution could be found)

Thrust Augmentation 13th Dec 2018 19:14

Originally Posted by chopper2004 (Post 10334441)

Shes very brave lol

Lucky by my take!

The AvgasDinosaur 13th Dec 2018 21:21

Originally Posted by ORAC (Post 10334555)

No tanker support ?
Bit odd I thought
Be lucky

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