Tag: European Command

Air Force B-52s participate in Bomber Task Force in Ukraine

A formation of three B-52H Stratofortress aircraft, assigned to the 5th Bomb Wing, Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, depart RAF Fairford, England, to take part in a Bomber Task Force Europe mission over Ukraine on Sep. 4, 2020.  The B-52Hs are escorted by Ukrainian Air Force MiG-29s and Su-27s.  The strategic bomber missions provide […]

‘Unsafe’ intercept of a B-52 over the Black Sea is the latest example of the Russians being jerks

While US pilots like to draw sky penises, the Russians tend to be just plain dicks. Most recently, two Russian SU-27 Flanker fighters got dangerously close to as U.S. B-52 that was flying over the Black Sea on Friday. “The Russian pilots flew in an unsafe and unprofessional manner while crossing within 100 feet of […]

Watch a Ukrainian fighter jet nail a road sign during a rough landing outside Kiev

Talk about a rough landing. A Ukrainian Air Force fighter jet collided with a road sign on a highway outside of the country’s capital of Kiev on Thursday, Defence Blog reports. The jet, one of two UAF Sukhoi Su-27 heavy fighter jets dispatched to the region for military exercises, was practicing taking off and landing on […]

Russia just released classified footage of the largest nuclear bomb detonation in history

A Russian state corporation has released previously-classified footage documenting the development and detonation of the legendary ‘Tsar Bomba’ hydrogen bomb in celebration of 75 years of Russia’s nuclear industry. The footage, which comes during a 40-minute Soviet-style propaganda film, was released on the YouTube channel of the Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation, the state-run Russian nuclear […]

Former Green Beret accused of spying on the US for Russia

A former Green Beret has been arrested for allegedly serving as an asset for Russian military intelligence agents from December 1996 until January 2011, the Justice Department announced on Friday. Peter Rafael Dzibinski Debbins is charged with conspiring to provide United States national defense information to agents of a foreign government, according to the U.S. […]

The company behind the AK-47 just unveiled a brand new rifle

Kalashnikov Concern is back with a brand new invention. The legendary Russia state-owned weapons manufacturer unveiled a new variant of its AK-12 assault rifle on social media earlier this week, according to Jane’s. Dubbed the AK-19, the new lightweight rifle is chambered in 5.56×45mm NATO compared to its predecessor’s 5.45×39mm rounds.  While the rifle is still in […]

Greek and Turkish warships involved in ‘mini collision’ amid tensions in the Mediterranean

ATHENS (Reuters) – A Greek and a Turkish warship were involved in a mini-collision on Wednesday during a standoff in the eastern Mediterranean, a Greek defense source said, describing it as an “accident.” Tensions have risen this week after Turkey sent a survey vessel to the region, escorted by warships, to map out sea territory […]

What the Russian bounties story reveals about the limits of human intelligence collection

Editor’s Note: This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author. In late June, reports surfaced that intelligence operatives from the Russian military intelligence unit known as the G.R.U. had offered bounties to Afghan militants in return for the killing of American troops in Afghanistan. The story had the hallmarks of […]

Marines insist ‘we are not drawing down’ amid changes to Norway rotations

The Marine Corps is changing the size and duration of its rotations to Norway, but the move is not related of the drawdown of nearly 12,000 U.S. troops in Germany, said Maj. Adrian J.T. Rankine-Galloway, a spokesman for Marine Corps Forces Europe & Africa. “We are not drawing down and, at times, will have a […]