This is coolbert:
Dated from only three days ago now. As seen at the Russia Today Internet web site.
Within the context of the last two blog entries here and here these various events a reaction to the Ukraine crisis?
"Russian nuclear-capable bombers 'tested' US air defenses 16 times in last 10 days"
"Russian strategic nuclear bombers and other military aircraft entered US air defense identification zones (ADIZs) at least 16 times over the past ten days, American defense officials confirmed on Thursday."
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"NORAD scrambled fighter jets several times when Russian strategic aircraft flew along US ADIZs. The planes included a mix of Tu-95 Bear H heavy bombers and Tu-142 Bear F maritime reconnaissance aircraft, as well as one IL-20 intelligence collection aircraft"
Those Tu-95 and Tu-142 more than likely having an offensive stand-off capability. Fire cruise missiles with nuclear warhead from a distance, rather than dropping a "dumb" bomb directly on target.
This is a "test", isn't it?