This picture and link - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6957589.stm
- are just a little riposte to all the commentators and pundits - both anti-defence spending Labourites and anti-European defence collaboration Tories - who have criticised the MoD's procurement of the Eurofighter Typhoon over the years. The usual theme has been "it's a Cold War era aircraft, why do we need it now?"
In the picture with the RAF Eurofighter is a Russian Bear strategic bomber. Coming to check out the UK's air defences. Just in a friendly way of course. On Friday last week.
When your strategic rivals from the Cold War start sending Cold War hardware to carry out Cold War era missions probing your airspace, using aircraft that can also carry nuclear bombs, perhaps having bought aircraft good enough to get up there and respond looks like a good idea.