American military aircraft RC-135W Rivet Joint spotted near Novaya Zemlya

The United States staged a provocative flight near the Novaya Zemlya archipelago.

The plane took off from a military air base in the UK and headed for the airspace over the Arctic. Initially, the plane flew near the border with the Murmansk region, after which it abruptly changed course and headed for the islands of the Novaya Zemlya archipelago. The corresponding moment was recorded by the Flightradar 24 service and the ADS-B Exchange resource.

It is known that the aircraft was carrying out a reconnaissance mission in the immediate vicinity of the airspace of the islands of the Novaya Zemlya archipelago. It is noteworthy that this coincided with unconfirmed information that tests of the Burevestnik cruise missile with a nuclear power plant are being prepared in the archipelago. Moreover, it is known that in the same area there was also a Russian air control post of the RF Armed Forces Tu-214PU-SBUS (special control and communications board), which also flew along a very unusual trajectory.

At the moment, nothing is known about the goals of the mission carried out by the American military aircraft, however, as follows from the information from the Flightradar 24 and ADS-B Exchange services, no violation of Russian airspace behind the American military aircraft was recorded.