Friday, September 14, 2007

Time to show Russia we will defend ourselves

I have said before that the Saxa Vord radar station should be brought out of mothballs (closed by the Labour government - thanks Gordon Brown).

The Russians are behaving like bullies right now and if you intend to stand up to a bully you need to signal it early on.

Lets be clear Tu160 "Blackjack" bombers patrolling in dash distance of Uk cities etc is not the act of a friendly country.

Tony Sharp made the same point about a week ago - at the time I felt that other concerns were more important, like the Falklands, but now I'm not so sure.

There is a definite ratcheting up of pressure from Putin. Maybe to create a crisis for his own purposes ( staying on as President for example ). But I don't see making prudent defensive moves as being provocative.
A TU160 B1B Lancer which I mistook - as did google images, but that's no excuse - nobody's Teddy Bear. A very serrious piece of kit to deliver Nuclear devastation with super sonic dash capability.

Update: Its seems I have a picture of a B1B Lancer - thanks to The Morning Star for pointing they out. They do look similar as you can see on Norishing obscurity blog here and also here.


Dr. James P. Holdren said...

This requires a complete post. There are major power moves being made over here now, coming up to the Gosduma elections and this strategic bomber stuff is sabre rattling.

Naturally the Brits don't like it but Britain is so weak now as a nation that any bully can kick sand in its face and get away with it.

This is the legacy of the two Bilderbergers, Blair and Brown. Can you imagine Margaret allowing this sort of thing?

Dr. James P. Holdren said...

Here 'tis:

Yours, James

The Morningstar said...

I'm afraid to say that your picture of a TU-160 is actually a B-1B Lancer, the differences between the two aircraft are quite subtle but nevertheless they are there. I commented on Nourishing obscurity with a correct picture of a TU-160.

Man in a Shed said...

Morning star - you absolutely right. Zoomed into the image a saw the USAF marking on the wing, a bit of a giveaway I suppose. Still shows you how similar the two aircraft are !

Thanks for the correction.