"There is nothing to intercept the bombers": the US envied the Russian MiG-31

How well the United States can intercept strategic bombers of other countries, decided to find out the American edition of Military Watch.

The publication reports that in the period from May 28 to May 31, 2020, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) conducts large-scale exercises in the Atlantic to test the interception of long-range bombers of a potential enemy. Maneuvers of this level were quite rare even during the Cold War. They are held against the backdrop of growing tension with almost equal opponents - Russia and China.

At the same time, Russia and the United States remain the only states on the planet that have intercontinental range bombers. But China has equipped its Xian (Xi'an) H-6 bombers, which are a licensed copy of the Soviet Tu-16 jet bombers, with new long-range ammunition that can threaten targets in the United States. Moreover, all three countries have ambitious programs to develop a new generation of intercontinental bombers.

According to the publication, by the end of the decade, China will have an impressive fleet of next-generation N-20 bombers in its arsenal. The United States is creating its own B-21 bomber, and Russia is creating a long-range long-range aviation complex (PAK YES), while modernizing the existing bombers. But by far the most dangerous bomber for the United States is the Russian Tu-160.

It is also specified that Russia has invested heavily in upgrading the MiG-31 interceptors to the BM version in order to better protect its territory from bombing attacks. MiG-31BM has such flying capabilities that are absent from any other fighter in the United States.

The United States has virtually nothing to intercept bombers. The Pentagon has not invested in creating aircraft of this class for many years. Most suitable for these purposes was the F-14D Tomcat, but since 2006 they have all been “retired”

- envied the publication of the Russian MiG-31.
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  1. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 31 May 2020 12: 36
    And what for? Already with 11 "White Swans" somehow ... We need to intercept them 70-100 of them in Instants ...
    1. Peter Rusin Offline Peter Rusin
      Peter Rusin (Peter Rusin) 31 May 2020 19: 47
      Accountant Votruba!
    2. Orange big Offline Orange big
      Orange big (Max) 1 June 2020 16: 54
      Quote: Sergey Latyshev
      And what for? Already with 11 "White Swans" somehow ... We need to intercept them 70-100 of them in Instants ...

      Well let's face it.

      Only six out of 61 Air Force B-1 bombers are fully capable of completing missions, said South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds on July 30.

      In their opinion, in the current situation it is obvious that the B-1 B does not enjoy any priorities with the Air Force command, there is no clear understanding of its use, moreover, the vast majority of crews are disbanded and transferred to serve in the air due to long downtime other units.


      The findings are published in the published magazine of the US Air Force, where it is reported that from the 61 unit B-1 Lancer to perform combat missions at the moment are suitable only 6 aircraft.
      From the material:
      15 heavy bombers are under maintenance in factory hangars, 39 aircraft are closed for inspection for various reasons.
      Another bomber is listed on paper, and it is still "looking for".
      That is, the state of 39 aircraft can not be checked, and one strategic bomber in the United States in general, "lost."
      Rounds, noting the rapporteurs' conclusions, stated that the main part of the fleet "is in the process of intensive maintenance work." At the same time, the Senate noted that such a high percentage of heavy bombers simultaneously sent for maintenance is not acceptable.
      In response, General Timothy Ray, who is the Chief of the Global Shock Command of the United States Air Force, said that “the fleet of the B-1 Lancer is aging, and therefore wear is too large.”
      General Ray:
      These are elderly planes. We are facing more and more with a high degree of wear.
      For reference: the supersonic "strategist" B-1 first flew 45 years ago, while the beginning of its operation in the US Air Force took place only ten years after the first flight - in 1984. The last car of this type in the United States was produced more than 30 years ago - in 1988.


      Total, 6 workers V-1V, 15 V-1V for maintenance, as the machines are old and worn. 39 V-1V closed for inspections (why would it?) I suspect that they are already flightless and have exhausted their resources, spare parts from which are being repaired for the same 15 V-1V that are under maintenance. According to the results, after all repairs they will have 21 V-1V, which is in line with plans to write off 40 V-1V, which are currently donors of spare parts and are only part of, but in fact are firewood. In our system, 16 Tu-160 plus new Tu-160M2 are still under construction. Total, between B-1B and Tu-160 plus or minus parity. And not how you write about the mythical 70-100 jet bombers, which only the B-1B are in the US Air Force.
      1. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
        Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 1 June 2020 19: 55
        You are absolutely right.
        Only for these models: 16 Tu-160, + 1 -10 pcs., Which they promise to build someday.
        Against, 61 B-1 bombers, which, like, are not ready (or like scouts, where the inspection is not allowed.)

        + 60 Tu-22 + 60 TU-95, though screw, it is not particularly necessary to catch them.
        -19 B-2, 60 B-52, of which you still need to catch up.

        So yes, you are right.
  2. Syoma_67 Offline Syoma_67
    Syoma_67 (Semyon) 31 May 2020 13: 23
    There is nothing to intercept bombers

    - you tell the Turks!
  3. Observer2014 Offline Observer2014
    Observer2014 31 May 2020 13: 57
    Print 20 lard of American money and you will have a new interceptor in five years maximum. Will the United States defend against ours with the Chinese insidious plans to bomb the United States. lol Dreamed very much from someone in the US themselves to master a bunch of American money.
  4. Bitter Offline Bitter
    Bitter 31 May 2020 15: 27
    There is nothing to intercept the bombers ...

    The most effective "interceptor" they have been in service for a long time, the dollar is called.

    What you want to stop, or vice versa can accelerate.
  5. Winnie Offline Winnie
    Winnie (Winnie) 1 June 2020 10: 26
    “There is nothing to intercept bombers”

    Most suitable for these purposes was the F-14D Tomcat, but since 2006 they have all been “retired”

    The F-14 was discontinued by the US Armed Forces in 2006 and replaced with the F / A-18E / F Super Hornet. tongue