Sunday, March 1

Hornet intercepts Bear Bomber at frontier

Military tensions heating up on Canada’s coldest frontier
By Randy Boswell, Canwest News Service, February 28, 2009

A CF- 18 Hornet from Canada's 4 Wing Cold Lake, left, flies next to a Russian Tu-95 Bear bomber on September 5, 2007. Canadian CF-18s intercepted a similar Russian bomber on February 19 over the high Arctic, as the bomber approached Canadian airspace. Similar incidents have been on the rise in recent months.
Photograph by: Handout, Getty Images

The latest flashpoint in Arctic politics — Friday’s revelation that Canadian fighter jets were scrambled to intercept a Russian bomber on the eve of U.S. President Barack Obama’s Feb. 19 visit to Ottawa — comes as Norway and its Nordic neighbours weigh a possible military pact to defend each other against potential aggression on the polar frontier.

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