Two B-52 strategic bombers, taking off from their base in Louisiana and refueled aerially, delivered its load in a target range in northern Australia then returned to their base, completing this 44-hour, over 30,000-kilometer ultra-long-range bombing mission, demonstrating US capabilities to keep the Pacific regions safe. Called “bomber assurance and deterrence” (BAAD) by the Pentagon, it does not need experienced news commentators to tell that such showoffs were meant to warm China about her military expansion in the South Sea. Beijing said it did nothing wrong to fortify its own bases on the islands in the territorial waters ruled by its sovereignty.
Recently Russia dispatched her Tu-95 strategic bombers, NATO codenamed “Bear,” to patrol in the North Pacific regions testing US air defense power. Russia leader Putin dubbed such power display---“Protest thousand times ten thousand times, as a strategic bomber wing flapping.”
“Bear” bomber, like its counterpart B-52s, both first seen in service in mid-1950s, were iconic Cold War era deterrents. The active aircrew members of both aircraft were all born long after the first productions of their bombers. For over half century, things seem not change much. The war games played by their grandfathers are still popular.
BAAD and bomber wing flagging, though euphemistically coined, were still make-believe that peace could be attained in this manner.