NORAD Intercepts Russian Bombers and Fighters entering Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone

Tu-95 bomber is intercepted by a U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor off the coast of Alaska

Tu-95 bomber is intercepted by a U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor off the coast of Alaska

The Russian aircraft remained in worldwide airspace and never entered US airspace Tuesday, but this time, the Russian planes flew in and out of the Alaska Air Defense Identification Zone that stretches 200 miles from the Alaska coastline. Tensions between Russian Federation and the USA have surged in recent years over Syria, Venezuela and Ukraine.

A pair of Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor jets detected two of the bombers before another pair intercepted the other bombers and fighter jets on Monday.

A Russian Defence Ministry statement confirmed the incidents took place.

United States warplanes once again intercepted multiple Russian bombers and fighter jets off the coast of Alaska, making it twice in just two days that US planes had such interactions with Russia so close to the state.

'Four Tu-95MS strategic missile carriers of the Aerospace Force performed planned flights in the airspace over the neutral waters of the Chukotsk, Bering and Okhotsk Seas, and also along the western coast of Alaska and the northern coast of the Aleutian Islands, ' the ministry said in a statement, according to state-run TASS.

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The Russian aircraft remained in global airspace and at no time entered United States or Canadian sovereign airspace.

The events were confirmed by the North America Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), which is responsible for the defence of the skies over the United States and Canada.

"The bombers entered the ADIZ and were intercepted by two F-22s, exited and then re-entered the Alaskan ADIZ accompanied by two Su-35 fighter jets".

'We are on alert 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, ' O'Shaughnessy said.

Just last week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Russian president Vladimir Putin in the resort town of Sochi, where he warned him about alleged interference in USA elections.

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