Published: Thu, May 23, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Russian Military Planes Intercepted Off Alaskan Coast

Russian Military Planes Intercepted Off Alaskan Coast

The Russian long-range bombers and Su-35 fighter jets flew into the Air Defence Identification Zone, according to a statement from North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD).

USA warplanes intercepted Russian bombers and fighter jets off the Alaskan coast for the second day in a row on Tuesday, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) confirmed early Wednesday morning.

Russian strategic bombers with fighter escorts twice tested United States air defenses in two days with flights off the coast of Alaska, forcing the U.S. to scramble F-22 stealth fighters to intercept the Russian aircraft.

On Monday, four F-22 jets intercepted four Russian bombers and two fighter jets in the Alaskan zone.

Canada earlier this year identified other incidents of Russian military aircraft entering buffer zones. "The flight duration was more than 12 hours", the Russian ministry tweeted.

As CBS Recordsdata' Emily Tillett reported closing week, a press convention by U.S. Secretary of Bid Mike Pompeo and his Russian counterpart, International Minister Sergey Lavrov, published a alternative of areas where the 2 nations could maybe no longer attain a consensus for the period of discussions.

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"NORAD committed an additional two F-22s and E-3 to relieve the initial intercept aircraft", the statement continued.

An E-3 spy plane monitored the airspace while a U.S. KC-135 refueling plane provided support during the mission. The ADIZ stretches roughly 200 miles off Alaska's coast.

"#WeHaveTheWatch", NORAD added, referring to a popular U.S. Navy slogan. At various stages of the route, the Russian planes were accompanied by fighters # the F22 # Force # US.

In recent years, with tensions between Russian Federation and the West mounting in other areas of the world, Moscow has increased the number of patrols by its Bears that have been modernized and outfitted to carry long-range nuclear-tipped cruise missiles. "We are on alert 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year", NORAD Commander Gen. Terrence J.

A Russian Tupolev Tu-95 turboprop-powered strategic bomber flies above the Kremlin in Moscow, on May 7, 2015, during a rehearsal for the Victory Day military parade.

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