[Targeting Pod Footage] Colombian Kfir fighter jets intercept Russian Tu-160 strategic bombers

Nov 06 2013 - 6 Comments

The two Tu-160 strategic bombers that visited Venezuela (and later Nicaragua) last week returned to the Engels base on Nov. 5.

The Blackjack bombers took off from the Maiquetia airport in Venezuela and landed at their homebase about 15 hours later; the return trip included aerial refueling by Il-78 tankers over the Norwegian Sea.

However, as the aircraft returned to Russia, details about the alleged violation of the Colombian airspace by the two Tu-160 supersonic bombers on their way to Nicaragua emerged.

According to Webinfomil.com website, on Nov. 1, at about 11:00 am, the two aircraft, registration and XM94115 XM94104, entered Colombian airspace and were detected by the radar of San Andrés.

Lacking the diplomatic clearance to cross Colombia’s airspace, the two Tu-160s were intercepted by two Colombian Air Force Kfir fighter planes approximately 80 miles from Barranquilla.

According to the FAC the interceptors escorted the Russian bombers for about 5 minutes until they left the Colombian airspace.

Here’s the Targeting Pod footage of the close encounter in Central America.

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  • Sohojake

    Colombia is South America not Central America

    • cencio4

      Sure, but the interception occurred off a town in North Colombia, with the Russian aircraft heading to Nicaragua hence, Central America seemed to me to fit the location better than South America.

      • Lama glama

        David,

        I’m not so sure the video feed is from a targeting pod. I believe it was filmed by one of Colombia’s Cessna OT-47Bs. My guess is that what you are seeing is the daylight TV channel of the WF-360TL imaging system.

    • C_Low

      The blackjacks crossed Columbia territory. They have some islands far north of , Columbia San Andrés, just off the coast west of Niagara. This is were the interception was done. So it is middle america not south.

      Pretty impressive for Columbia to detect/intercept the Russian craft that far north of their main territory. Says allot and I bet the Russians were shocked hence their disregard of crossing Colombian territory without permission to begin with.

  • Sandman

    Colombia is in South America.

  • Mary

    What we’re they doing there?