We still believe that Russia is setting the stage for a bomber flight against the U.S. east coast, perhaps in a matter of weeks. The TU-95 is the odds-on favorite for that mission; with a maximum range of over 7,000 miles, the Bear is more than capable of shadowing the eastern seaboard before landing in Cuba, or (potentially Venezuela). A Blackjack flying the same profile would require extensive in-flight refueling from IL-78 Midas tankers--something that has never been observed on Russian bomber missions over the North Atlantic.
Read his whole post to see how busy the Bear has been keeping the Norwegians and Brits.
Funny where a little extra petroleum money will lead…