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THIS TIME IN THE ARCTIC. KEVIN TIBBLES WAS GIVEN RARE KEVIN TIBBLES WAS GIVEN RARE ACCESS TO NATO’S EYES AND EARS. ACCESS TO NATO’S EYES AND EARS.>>Reporter: THEY FLY WHERE>>Reporter: THEY FLY WHERE AMERICAN FIGHTER JETS DO NOT. AMERICAN FIGHTER JETS DO NOT. NORWAY’S AGING F-16s ON NORWAY’S AGING F-16s ON 15-MINUTE ALERTS, 24/7, ABOVE 15-MINUTE ALERTS, 24/7, ABOVE THE ARCTIC CIRCLE. THE ARCTIC CIRCLE. FRONT LINE FOR THE U.S. AND FRONT LINE FOR THE U.S. AND NATO. NATO. PILOTS SCRAMBLE EACH AND EVERY PILOTS SCRAMBLE EACH AND EVERY TIME RUSSIAN PLANES ARE TIME RUSSIAN PLANES ARE DETECTED. DETECTED. A RARE LOOK AT THE INTERCEPT A RARE LOOK AT THE INTERCEPT VIDEOS THEY BRING BACK, VIDEOS THEY BRING BACK, NUCLEAR-CAPABLE RUSSIAN AIRCRAFT NUCLEAR-CAPABLE RUSSIAN AIRCRAFT FLYING IN INTERNATIONAL AIR FLYING IN INTERNATIONAL AIR SPACE. SPACE. NORWAY SHARES A BORDER WITH NORWAY SHARES A BORDER WITH RUSSIA, BUT THEY SAY RUSSIAN RUSSIA, BUT THEY SAY RUSSIAN AIRCRAFT FLY THE FULL LENGTH OF AIRCRAFT FLY THE FULL LENGTH OF THEIR COASTLINE. THEIR COASTLINE. AFTER THE SOVIET UNION FELL, AFTER THE SOVIET UNION FELL, VIRTUALLY NONE. VIRTUALLY NONE. NOW, NORWAY SAYS, THEY’RE BACK. NOW, NORWAY SAYS, THEY’RE BACK.>>WHAT’S IT LIKE TO COME UP>>WHAT’S IT LIKE TO COME UP BEHIND ONE OF THEIR AIRCRAFT? BEHIND ONE OF THEIR AIRCRAFT?>>IT IS EXCITING.>>IT IS EXCITING.>>Reporter: MAJOR GENERAL>>Reporter: MAJOR GENERAL LARSAMAD. LARSAMAD.>>I THINK THEY’RE SENDING A>>I THINK THEY’RE SENDING A MESSAGE. MESSAGE.>>Reporter: AS THE ARCTIC>>Reporter: AS THE ARCTIC MELTS, RUSSIA IS FLOODING THE MELTS, RUSSIA IS FLOODING THE REGION WITH MILITARY ECONOMIC REGION WITH MILITARY ECONOMIC RESOURCES, SIGNALING THE TOP OF RESOURCES, SIGNALING THE TOP OF THE WORLD MAY BECOME THE NEXT THE WORLD MAY BECOME THE NEXT BIG STRATEGIC BATTLEGROUND WITH BIG STRATEGIC BATTLEGROUND WITH THE WEST. THE WEST. THE PILOTS WHO FLY THESE F-16s THE PILOTS WHO FLY THESE F-16s CALL THEMSELVES THE GUARDIANS OF CALL THEMSELVES THE GUARDIANS OF THE NORTH. THE NORTH.>>PRESENT DAY, THERE HAVE BEEN>>PRESENT DAY, THERE HAVE BEEN RUMORS SCRAMBLED. RUMORS SCRAMBLED.>>Reporter: NORWAY’S FOREIGN>>Reporter: NORWAY’S FOREIGN MINISTER SAYS RUSSIA IS MINISTER SAYS RUSSIA IS READOPTING A COLD WAR TEMPO. READOPTING A COLD WAR TEMPO.>>LARGE EXERCISES, EXERCISING>>LARGE EXERCISES, EXERCISING TO SOME EXTENT ATTACK PATTERNS TO SOME EXTENT ATTACK PATTERNS AND MANY OF THESE ARE ACTIVITIES AND MANY OF THESE ARE ACTIVITIES WE HAVEN’T SEEN SINCE THE MID WE HAVEN’T SEEN SINCE THE MID ’80s. ’80s.>>Reporter: NORWAY, KEY NATO>>Reporter: NORWAY, KEY NATO ALLY, FIRST TO SEE THE RUSSIANS, ALLY, FIRST TO SEE THE RUSSIANS, NOW SPOTTING THEM WITH INCREASED

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