RTÉ Brainstorm – Why are Russian military aircraft flying in Irish controlled airspace?
Whitaker Institute member Professor Ray Murphy, of the Conflict, Humanitarianism and Security cluster, has written a new piece on RTÉ Brainstorm. The article looks at the recent reports of Russian military aircrafts in airspace controlled by Ireland.
Why are Russian military aircraft flying in Irish controlled airspace?
Tupolev TU-95 bombers fly over Moscow’s Red Square during a Victory Day military parade in May 2016. Photo: Marina Lystseva\TASS via Getty Images
Analysis: there have been reports of recent incursions of Russian bombers like the Tupolev TU–95 in airspace controlled by Ireland
There have been
a number of recent incursions into Irish controlled airspace by the Russian air force. Most recently Tupolev TU–95, the so called “Bear” strategic bomber aircraft, triggered UK Royal Air Force fighter jets to scramble in order to confront the Russian aircraft. Reliable sources indicate that there is an agreement between the UK and Ireland permitting the Royal Air Force to enter Irish airspace if deemed necessary, though the specific nature of this arrangement is not clear.
Like much of Russia’s current military equipment, the Tupolev bombers are quite old, having come into service in the early 1950s. Although it is the only propeller powered bomber still in operational use today, it is far from obsolete and, like the United States
B-52 bomber, it is planned to be in service for some time to come. Continue reading…