>While they [the Americans] are deploying the missile shield in Poland and the Czech Republic, our strategic bombers will already be landing in Cuba.
— Senior Russian military aviation source, quoted by Izvestia, July 21, 2008
– Russian Military Transport Aircraft Regularly Fly To Cuba
– Retired US Air Force Commander: Revitalized Russian Bomber Exercises “Sophisticated Attack Training Maneuvers”
We reserve our DEFCON 1 ALERT for flagrant intrusions by the Communist Bloc militaries into the NATO-NORAD defense command regions. This, in fact, is our second DEFCON 1 ALERT post since starting our blog in January 2006. Below is a top-priority news item, published today in the Kremlin media, that offers some insight into the thought processes of the Moscow Leninists. The neo-Soviet leadership is apparently considering the deployment of strategic bombers to Cuba as a response to US National Missile Defense plans in Central Europe and the proposed membership of former Soviet republics Ukraine and Georgia in NATO.
Novosti quotes General Pyotr Deinekin, former Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Air Force, as saying: “If these plans are being considered, it would be a good response to the attempts to place NATO bases near the Russian borders. I do not see anything wrong with it because nobody listens to our objections when they place airbases and electronic monitoring and surveillance stations near our borders.” This is standard operating procedure for both Moscow and Beijing: send ominous warnings to Washington via government-funded think tanks or “retired” politicians and military brass.
In June 2008 retired US Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas G. McInerney, who commanded NORAD’s Alaska region during the Cold War, described Russia’s revitalized long-range bomber missions as “coordinated attacks coming into our air defense identification zone. They are very sophisticated attack training maneuvers. These incursions are far more sophisticated than anything we had seen before.”
Russia needs bombers in Cuba due to NATO expansion – ex-commander
14:5321/ 07/ 2008
MOSCOW, July 21 (RIA Novosti) – The possible deployment of Russian strategic bombers in Cuba may be an effective response to the placement of NATO bases near Russia’s borders, a former Air Force commander said on Monday.
Russian daily Izvestia earlier on Monday cited a senior Russian military source as saying that Russian strategic bombers could be stationed again in Cuba, only 90 miles from the U.S. coast, in response to the U.S. missile shield in Europe.
“If these plans are being considered, it would be a good response to the attempts to place NATO bases near the Russian borders,” Gen. of the Army Pyotr Deinekin told RIA Novosti.
“I do not see anything wrong with it because nobody listens to our objections when they place airbases and electronic monitoring and surveillance stations near our borders,” the general said.
However, Deinekin said the possibility of Russian bombers being stationed in Cuba is largely hypothetical, because Russia’s Tu-160 Blackjack and Tu-95MS Bear strategic bombers are both capable of reaching the U.S. coast, patrolling the area for about 1.5 hours, and returning to airbases in Russia with mid-air refueling.
Russia resumed strategic bomber patrol flights over the Pacific, Atlantic, and Arctic oceans last August, following an order signed by former president Vladimir Putin. Russian bombers have since carried out over 80 strategic patrol flights and have often been escorted by NATO planes.
Deinekin suggested that Cuba could be used as a refueling stopover for Russian aircraft rather than as a permanent base, because the Russian political and military leadership would be unlikely to take such a drastic step under current global political conditions.
In October 1962, the Cuban Missile Crisis brought U.S. and the U.S.S.R. to the brink of nuclear war when Soviet missiles were stationed in Cuba.
The crisis was resolved after 12 days when the Soviet leader, Nikita Khrushchev, backed down and ordered the missiles removed.
Moscow had a military presence on Cuba for almost four decades after that, maintaining an electronic listening post at Lourdes, about 20 km (12.5 miles) from Havana, to monitor U.S. military moves and communications.
Russia was paying $200 million a year to lease the base, which it closed down in January 2002.
Bloomberg picked up the story here, noting that Russian military transport aircraft regularly fly to Cuba on contracts for private companies. In January 2008 Andrei Lugovoi, a “former” FSB officer and the alleged murderer of Russian spy Alexander Livtinenko, was quoted by the Los Angeles Times as saying: “I don’t agree that the Cold War is back. It has never ended.” In view of the latest rumblings from Moscow, Agent Lugovoi’s comment has become self-evident.
The Czech Ministry of Defense reacted with surprise at reports that Russian bombers may either be stationed or refuel in Cuba. “Something like that is hard to believe, someone may confuse the 50-year-old history with the present,” ministry spokesentity Andrej Cirtek related to Prague’s CTK news agency today, alluding to the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. We have previously documented the fact that the Czech Republic’s faux rightist regime has been working hand in glove with the Moscow Leninists to portray the USA as the aggressor in the dispute over NMD.
In a related story Novosti cites Russian daily Izvestia, which quotes a “high-placed military aviation source” in Moscow, who warned: “While they [the Americans] are deploying the missile shield in Poland and the Czech Republic, our strategic bombers will already be landing in Cuba.” This article also cites Leonid Ivashov, former chief of the Russian Defense Ministry’s Department for International Cooperation and current president of the Academy of Geopolitical Problems, who informed Izvestia that Cuba could be used as “a refueling stopover for Russian aircraft rather than as a permanent base.”
Russian combat aircraft could return to Cuba – paper
11:1321/ 07/ 2008
MOSCOW, July 21 (RIA Novosti) – Russian combat aircraft could return to Cuba in a bid to counter U.S. plans to deploy a missile shield in Central Europe, a Russian daily reported on Monday.
Moscow has strongly opposed the possible deployment by the U.S. of 10 interceptor missiles in Poland and an accompanying radar in the Czech Republic as a threat to its national security. Washington says the defenses are needed to deter a possible strike from Iran, or other “rogue” states.
“While they are deploying the missile shield in Poland and the Czech Republic, our strategic bombers will already be landing in Cuba,” a high-placed military aviation source told the Izvestia newspaper.
Russia’s Tu-160 (Blackjack) and Tu-95 (Bear) strategic bombers are both capable of reaching Cuba.
However, while the source admitted that the possibility of Russian bombers being stationed in Cuba was for now just a hypothetical possibility, he also noted that the rumors had not appeared from out of thin air.
At the same time, Leonid Ivashov, the former head of the Russian Defense Ministry’s department for international cooperation, and currently president of the Academy of Geopolitical Problems, told Izvestia that Cuba could be used as a refueling stopover for Russian aircraft rather than as a permanent base.
In October 1962, the Cuban Missile Crisis saw a tense standoff between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. when Soviet missiles were stationed in Cuba. As the world held its breath, President John F. Kennedy opted to launch a blockade of Cuba rather than invade, as some American military commanders wanted. The crisis was resolved after 12 days when the Soviet leader, Nikita Khrushchev, backed down and ordered the missiles removed.
The first article above notes that Russia maintained an electronic spy base near Havana until January 2002. In a December 2001 article Dr. Alexandr Nemets and Dr. Thomas Torda assert that the military and civilian aviation data surreptiously collected by the Kremlin’s Lourdes base was used by the September 11 skyjackers to execute their terrorist plot with military precision
American special services have information that terrorist Mohamed Atta, the key figure behind the 9-11 attacks, had connections to the Cuban intelligence services and in spring 1999 met with their high-ranking representative in Miami, Fla. – not far from the site where the future suicide squad got its flight school training.
The Lourdes base, in addition to secret missions, was also tasked with active tracking of air flights of all kinds throughout the U.S. The center had a full set of flight codes for the U.S. Air Force and civilian airlines. Once, in 1999, the center broke into the U.S. air traffic control system and sent – with the help of a powerful, 1,500-kilowatt transmitter – a fake flight signal, which almost caused a serious accident in the air.
In short, the Lourdes center had accumulated a huge database on U.S. civilian airline routes, schedules and procedures. Cuba very likely shared this information with al-Qaeda – which may explain the devilish professionalism behind the 9-11 attacks.
The latest buzz emanating from the Kremlin media proves that the Moscow-Havana Axis is still tight and committed to overthrowing the USA.
Meanwhile, a US Air Force B-52 Stratofortress, the backbone of America’s strategic nuclear bomber fleet, crashed near Guam today. Two crew members have been rescued, while four are still missing. In February a B-2 Spirit crashed at Guam’s Andersen Air Force Base just after takeoff in the first-ever crash of a stealth bomber.