Published: Wed, May 22, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

US fighter jets intercept Russian warplanes off Alaska

US fighter jets intercept Russian warplanes off Alaska

The U.S. -Canadian airspace defense agency said two Russian bombers accompanied by two Su-35 fighter jets entered the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) and were intercepted by two NORAD F-22s.

The Russian bombers did not leave global aerospace and at no time entered US territory, the press release reveals. The Russian planes did not at any time cross into sovereign US airspace; the ADIZ around Alaska, like similar zones monitored by NORAD around North America, are global airspace.

US fighters have escorted four Russian Tu-95MS strategic bombers while the latter were performing regular flights in the airspace over the neutral waters of the Arctic and the Pacific, the Russian Defense Ministry said Tuesday.

The incident occurred just a day after four nuclear-capable Russian bombers and two Russian fighter jets were intercepted off the west coast of Alaska by USA aircraft.

He wrote that the bomber patrols were a "highly visible" message intended "to underscore Russia's capabilities" and develop "a new generation of air crews", adding that "NORAD fighter aircraft routinely intercept Russian military aviation missions inside the U.S. and Canadian Air Defence Identification Zones, and there is no indication that Russian leadership intends to reduce the number of these missions in the near future".

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And the Russian Su-35 fighter jets can hit 1,726 miles per hour and are deadly in a dog fight.

In Tuesday's incident, two pairs of F-22 fighter jets, each with an E-3 Sentry providing surveillance, intercepted a pair of Tu-95 bombers. NORAD said it has "intercepted an average of approximately six to seven Russian sorties entering its ADIZ since Russia resumed long range aviation patrols in 2007". "The total flight time exceeded 12 hours", the ministry said.

The U.S. Air Force regularly flies bombers and reconnaissance aircraft near Russian Federation throughout the year.

Russian military aircraft that cross through the ADIZ on a training mission are typically allowed to continue on once identified, as long as they do not attempt to enter USA airspace. "Long-range pilots make regular flights over neutral waters of the Arctic, North Atlantic, Black and Caspian seas, and Pacific Ocean". O'Shaughnessy, the commander of NORAD, said on Tuesday.

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