A Russian air force spy officer flies over a secret rocket base in Montana with permission from the US government.
The position of the aircraft, which according to the Open Skies treaty may fly anywhere in the US, has been posted on Twitter.
The jet was followed near the Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana, where Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) silos are located.
Part of his path was posted on the @CivMilAir account with caption: & # 39; Nothing to see here … Just a Russian Air Force Open Skies Treaty jet flying low down and taking a few high resolution photos of US military installations. & # 39;
A satellite image of where the Russian Air Force flew over Montana was posted on Twitter. It is permitted to fly through the American airspace into the American airspace
The Russian jet flew near or to Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana, where some of the intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) silos are located. The radius perceived as the one flying the graphic satellite trajectory is shown above
Russian military aircraft are allowed to travel in US airspace through the Open Air Treaty signed by 34 countries in Europe and North America, along with Russia and Turkey.
The US Department of Foreign Affairs claims that the treaty allows unarmed observation from the air of forces and activities across the territory of the signing countries.
It is intended to improve mutual understanding and to promote openness and transparency.
According to the Nuclear Threat Initiativein March of this year, Russia implemented routine surveillance flights over West America and in the same way the US conducted the first routine Open Skies surveillance in February, the first since 2017.
Observers are boarding the flight to ensure that surveillance missions are conducted within the terms of the treaty, Defense News reported earlier.
During the Cold War, a huge arsenal of nuclear missiles was placed in the Great Plains.
Hundreds of & # 39; minuteman rockets & # 39; as they are known, remain active today and are an iconic weapon in the American nuclear arsenal.
Minuteman Missile Fields who were established in the United States during the Cold War and are still operational. The areas in black are missile fields that are deactivated, the areas in red show missile fields that are still active
A deactivated Titan II nuclear Minuteman rocket is seen in a silo at the Titan Missile Museum in Green Valley, Arizona
Minutemen rockets were first developed by America during the Cold War and formed an active part of the nuclear arsenal from 1962.
They were named after the Minutemen militia that fought in the Revolutionary War – small groups of self-taught hunters who were known to be ready with a notice period, such as the missiles.
The army is thought to have 450 missiles that each cost $ 7,000,000 and are fired from silos built in the ground and located throughout the country.
The first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) silos, where the missiles are located, arrived in the Great Plains in 1959 when Atlas locations were built in Wyoming.
Missile fight crew member 2nd lieutenant Wesley Griffith is preparing to close a three foot thick door in a launch center at Malmstrom Air Force Base. Malmstrom houses hundreds of ICBM silos & # 39; s
It is understood that the jet flew close to or to the Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana, where some of the Ballistic Missile's (ICBM) intercontinental silos are located.
Minuteman rockets can be controlled remotely from Launch Control Centers, miles away from actual silos, allowing sites to be spread over a wide geographic area.
From the mid-1960s to the early 1990s, there were 1,000 Minuteman Silos & 100 associated Launch Control facilities for command and control, according to National Park Service.
There are several reasons why Minuteman rockets were generally in the Great Plains region, unlike other parts of the US.
The Great Plains serves as the shortest distance to Russia, with a launch facility in South Dakota, about 5,100 miles from Moscow.
An artist illustration of a ballistic rocket as it is shot in the sky
First silo locations of Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) are seen near the Malmstrom airbase
They were also located at locations far away from the American coastlines to provide extra warning time when submarines were launched from offshore.
The first Minuteman arrived in Montana on October 26, 1962, at the height of the Cuban missile crisis.
The following year, 1,000 Minuteman & # 39; s were placed across the central and northern Great Plains.
They were deployed in six wings of Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana, Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota and Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota.
They were also deployed from Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri, F.E. Warren Air Force Base and Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota.
According to the treaty, Russians can fly anywhere within 3000 miles from the base.
However, it was called into question after the US accused Russia of not allowing all members of the agreement to fly over its airspace.
In addition, in September 2018, the US refused to certify equipment aboard the Tu-214 aircraft for use in Open Skies missions before changing their minds after a week.
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