We all know Russia has been lurking around NATO countries’ airspace since the end of the Cold War. Some might even think they are testing our response to the posing threats of their strategic bombers to national security. I am also one of them and up to this day, I am wondering why the West allows them to do so.

The Royal Air Force (RAF) scrambled Tornado fighters no less than 20 times during last year only to drive off Russian bombers such as the Tu160, nicknamed the ”White Swan” by its Russian pilots. The US Air Force has been doing the same over Alaska and even our Canadian CF-18s intercepted them a few times over the last few years.

The Tu160 can deliver more up to 88,000lbs of ordnance including cruise or short-range nuclear missile.

Image courtesy of Ria Novosti
Image courtesy of Ria Novosti

But this is old news as most of NATO countrie has come to accept it since the Russian aircrafts were never, officially at least, entering any countries’ airspace.