Bears Come Out of Hibernation


After the long and cold winter, spring has begun in Europe with the return of Russian Tu-95 Bear bombers.

Helmet-mounted display image of last interception on 11 September 2012 (Dutch Ministry of Defense)

Yesterday afternoon, two Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) F-16s from Leeuwarden air base intercepted two Bears after they did not identify themselves. The interception took place on the edge of the Dutch area of responsibility and the RNLAF F-16s escorted the Russian bombers until British aircraft took over.

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