If someone can figure out the reasoning behind THIS, that would be nice
Presidential aides hinted yesterday that Russia could shortly resume the production of Tu-160 and Tu-95 strategic nuclear bombers, now that the aircraft are again flying "combat missions".
The TU-95, which at the end of the Cold war was used for long range patrolling, MAYBE electronic surveillance and intelligence, can have but one path to success as a strategic bomber... if the USA is already without any kind of protection aloft, and they can fly around like bunch of SPAD's. The TU-95 flew in 1954. It has fantastic range, but WTF?
Maybe we should be happy they are prepared to waste resources on this.
They can carry a stand off missile, but they are not exactly stealthy enough to get within range, EVEN OF CARRIER TASK FORCES (8 contra rotating propellers), having been designed about 1951 before anyone even THOUGHT about that in operational aircraft as a function in design.
This must be a step taken as a symbol. But a symbol of what? Are they trying to provoke the USA in to a resource draining war? Are they so CONFIDENT they have taken our measure in their seminal economic oil-gas resource 'war' with europe, and our own resource weaknesses long term as a PEOPLE to begin this?
The Islamists, Russia, China, morons like Chavez....against a somewhat declining, sometime seemingly spiritless europe, an isolated Israel attacked over and over demographically, culturally, and religiously, politically amongst its 'allies', and ACTUALLY, and a nearly solitary USA, successfully portrayed as nearly a rogue cowboy as a result of others attacking it.
So WHERE IS MY HYDROGEN CAR?
What is the plan? Must we defend those who are strategically NOT WITH US except somewhat for the immediate family because they own a gas station?